Temple Bright advises on second phase of high-end Marylebone healthcare facility

Bristol and London law firm Temple Bright has advised on the second phase of a project by long-standing client Ambulatory Surgery International (ASI) to convert offices in London’s Marylebone into a high-end healthcare day surgery and outpatient diagnostics facility.

Welbeck Health, ASI’s trading name, is a day surgery start-up in the UK private medical market.

The Marylebone scheme, OneWelbeck, is its first facility and includes imaging suites, general consulting, operating theatres, procedure rooms and recovery facilities over nine floors.

OneWelbeck aims to deliver levels of comfort and care beyond those usually available in the UK market.

The first phase of works at OneWelbeck, completed earlier in the year with assistance from Temple Bright, involved refurbishment and conversion of the basement up to the third floor. Works within this phase included state-of-the-art facilities for gastroenterology, cardiology, and orthopaedics, as well as a world-class imaging and diagnostics suite.

The recently completed second phase comprises shell and core alterations and the fit-out of levels five and six to accommodate further specialties, including women’s healthcare, ENT, dermatology, respiratory health, and space for an executive screening program.

In addition to advising on the second phase works on levels five and six, Temple Bright has recently assisted on a project variation to enable further works on level seven, which are due to conclude before Christmas, and in procuring a range of smaller works.

ASI is investigating further sites for future centres and plans to launch 20 over the next five years.

ASI chief of planning and capital projects Daniel Buehler said: “We are really excited to have completed the second phase of our flagship OneWelbeck project, which marks the achievement of another landmark step in our strategy.

“It has been a strong team effort by management and advisers and working with Temple Bright has been a pleasure as usual, with the firm addressing challenges in a level-headed way and simplifying matters rather than complicating them.”

Temple Bright, led by corporate partner Stuart Hutson, has advised ASI since its inception on all legal aspects of its business including corporate finance, medicolegal, real estate, construction and employment matters. 

Stuart said: “We are delighted to have continued our successful partnership with OneWelbeck on the latest phase of this ground-breaking project. It is a privilege to be involved in such a high-profile scheme, and it has been exciting to work alongside ASI and experience at close range their dynamism and resulting growth.”

Construction partner Julia Davenport-Cooper, who led the firm’s advice on the second phase works, added: “The OneWelbeck project has been a landmark deal for Temple Bright and it has been a real pleasure working with such strong client and professional teams.

“We are really looking forward to getting involved in supporting the client on the next phase in Marylebone as well as on future projects.”

Temple Bright was launched in Bristol in 2010, using a tech-enabled, streamlined business model. It opened a second office in London EC2 in 2013 and now has 74 partners, evenly spread across the two locations.

The firm advises clients ranging from start-ups to PLCs across a range of sectors, with significant expertise in healthcare.

This article appeared in the Bristol Business Newsletter on 25 September 2020.