Bristol and London law firm Temple Bright has advised longstanding client Ambulatory Surgery International (ASI) on the latest phase of its private healthcare facility development.
Contracts were signed in late September for a £1.7m expansion of surgery facilities at OneWelbeck in London’s Marylebone.
Temple Bright advised ASI, which trades as Welbeck Health, on the construction agreements.
The firm has previously advised Welbeck Health on earlier phases of the project, which included the creation of imaging suites, general consulting facilities, operating theatres, procedure rooms and recovery facilities over nine floors.
The scheme is Welbeck Health’s first. Having acquired the lease of 1 Welbeck Street in 2017 it has converted the former offices into a high-end healthcare day surgery and outpatient diagnostics facility.
Multiple clinics are now open at OneWelbeck, which aims to deliver levels of comfort and care beyond those usually available in the UK.
The first phase of works at the site, completed in 2020, involved refurbishing and converting the basement up to the third floor, to include state-of-the-art facilities for gastroenterology, cardiology, and orthopaedics as well as a world-class imaging and diagnostics suite.
The second phase, completed later the same year, comprised 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.
The new surgery facilities became operative this week and are already in use for a full range of specialties, with particular emphasis on cardiology, orthopaedics and gastrointestinal surgery.
ASI chief of planning and capital projects Daniel Buehler said: “We are delighted to have a further phase of expansion underway at OneWelbeck, our flagship facility which is so compellingly demonstrating the effectiveness of our patient-centred model.
“In this latest phase of works, as previously, we have appreciated Temple Bright’s sound judgement and their ability to simplify rather than complicate the process.”
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: “It has been a privilege to advise Welbeck Health on the expansion of OneWelbeck, which is showing the strength of ASI’s strategy and points the way to future growth.”
Temple Bright construction partner Julia Davenport-Cooper, who advised on the agreements for the new surgery facilities at OneWelbeck, added: “This has been another extremely rewarding project with Welbeck Health.
“We are delighted to have formed such a strong working relationship with the team and to be helping them implement their inspiring plans.”
Temple Bright co-founder Tim Summers added: “Congratulations to ASI on the success of the remarkable OneWelbeck project and to Stuart, Julia and the broader Temple Bright team for their role in bringing it about.
“We love advising clients with an exciting vision and we feel honoured to be in a position to contribute to ASI’s expansion.”
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 more than 70 partners, 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 18 November 2022.