Healthcare developer eyes North East opportunities

An ambitious property development business which purpose-builds healthcare premises to replace outdated primary care facilities is setting its sights on expansion into the North East.

Mayfair Group Investment (MGI), an established property developer with major projects nationwide under its belt, has expanded into the healthcare sector to help support GPs and pharmacists in their development of new modern premises, allowing them to push on with plans despite the huge pressure on NHS funding.

The group has recently privately financed the development of primary care premises on several sites in its native West Yorkshire, with a state-of-the-art medical centre in Leeds being its latest project.

Now MGI, headed by Northumbria University graduate Rohin Dhand, is eyeing development opportunities in the North East, to support GPs and pharmacists in creating new purpose-built premises which otherwise they may not be able to afford or have the expertise to build. The business works closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and other relevant NHS bodies to allow them to oversee all aspects of the third party involvement.

MGI are widely experienced in property investment and development and Rohin – whose father is a pharmacist and brother and sister are doctors – said his family connections to the NHS allow him to understand the complexities and challenges of the sector.

The business is being supported in its healthcare development by Newcastle law firm Sintons. The firm has one of the leading specialist healthcare teams in the UK, with Sintons acting for NHS Trusts, GPs, dentists and NHS organisations across the country. Real estate specialists Victoria Armstrong and David Naughten, alongside construction lawyer Alex Rayner, have acted for MGI.

Rohin, who began his career as a Quantity Surveyor in Newcastle, said: “We have worked extensively in other sectors, but see healthcare as an area we can genuinely make a difference. We want to take the burden of new premises development away from GPs so that they can get on with doing their jobs. It is something that is working very effectively – with our most recent development in Leeds, where negotiations with other developers and the NHS had been going on unsuccessfully for 10 years before we were able to take the project forward.

“From our own experience of developing in this sector, plus the fact that my dad, brother and sister all work in healthcare, means this is an area we really understand. We want to work in partnership with GPs, pharmacists and CCGs to create developments that are right for them.

“We are now looking to expand beyond Yorkshire and are looking closely at the North East. It is a region that I have lived and worked in and am keen to identify opportunities, supported by the healthcare team at Sintons.”

Victoria Armstrong, Partner in the Healthcare team at Sintons, said: “Private investors like MGI show how well third party development can work for the NHS, through close collaboration between all parties to create a purpose-built facility which helps provide for the future of primary care in communities.

“We are very pleased to support Rohin with his plans and look forward to supporting him as he looks for opportunities in the North East.”

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