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As part of an extensive development and implementation program required for a new NHS IT platform, the NHS needed 500 workstations to accommodate the technical project development team tasked with delivering the new system.

A back-to-back agreement was reached with a flexible workspace provider who offered the ideal property and location. They took the lease and licenced the accommodation back to the NHS. The property was procured for a set term, with the option to extend, and with the total cost of occupation including support services rentalised into a quarterly payment. The provider owned the risk of delivering the property on time and budget.

As the project matured and the wider political environment influenced the use of public sector real estate, there was an opportunity for the client and provider to reach an agreement to assign the property and the outsourced services back to the NHS.