Capital Development is about designing, managing and delivering building projects.

Organisations today, particularly those in the public sector, face the challenge of trying to improve services and deliver savings at the same time. Clients come to us because they want to reduce costs without reducing services. We help them to redesign and grow while saving money.

Our Capital Development team believes that a pound invested wisely can go a long way, reaping benefits up to a hundredfold. We focus at the strategic level, to optimise capital and whole life costs, and we build flexibility into the estate, ensuring future adaptability. We’re good at delivery too, with robust project management and the integration of new technologies, intelligent procurement and waste reduction in every aspect of our programme implementation. We offer:

A focus on cost savings. We develop design solutions that ensure a flexible and sustainable estate, with maximum cost-effectiveness.

Expertise in a range of disciplines. Our consultants are specialists, not generalists. We have experts in project management, cost management, value and risk management, and management consultancy.

An integrated approach. We consider the estate from a joint perspective, incorporating clinical strategy, healthcare planning, property, technology and sustainability.

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Case Studies

Essentia provides experience in complex situations

The issue Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) provided £125.5m of capital investment for The Pirbright Institute’s Development Programme Phase 2 the purpose of which is to deliver world-class science research facilities to tackle livestock animal viral diseases to benefit the UK and overseas. The buildings are technically complex…

NICU Project

The project In 2015, Essentia was selected to project manage a £1.7m refurbishment and expansion of a Neonatal intensive care unit at a busy NHS Trust in London. Our approach The project took place in a live intensive care environment, and the obvious need to minimize disruption to clinical areas…