Edward Symmons, Storeys Edward Symmons and Aaron Fox (ES Group), a UK-based property and asset consulting firm, has secured a seven-year contract from The Forum Cambridge, a joint venture between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and John Laing.

The Forum, a 360,000ft² facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, will be operated by Forum Cambridge.

It will include a 90-bed private hospital operated by Ramsay Healthcare; a 198-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel; a 900 delegate conference centre; a postgraduate medical education centre; a GP surgery; and associated retail units. It is believed to be the first facility of its kind.

The company has agreed to provide its consulting services in three phases.

In the first phase, ES Group will provide advice to financial close on the plans.

In the second phase, the firm will provide advice during the two-year construction period, including setting up all service charge budgets.

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"Winning this contract proves that we are a serious contender with a proven track record in property management."

In the last phase, the company has agreed to provide general property management of the completed building for three years.

Poppy Morgan of ES Group’s Property Management team said, "Winning this contract proves that we are a serious contender with a proven track record in property management."

The group employs almost 300 staff in ten offices across the UK (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Plymouth, Solent and Teesside).

Ranked within the top 20 agencies in the UK in a recent independent report, the group offers a wide range of niche experts allowing the team to advise on diverse assets and portfolios across property, plant and machinery and other business assets.