Technopak has formed a strategic alliance with Devereux Architects, a leading UK based architectural practice specializing in the healthcare sector, to jointly offer a comprehensive range of services to clients encompassing the entire design, planning and construction process for healthcare projects. While India has made remarkable achievements in improving its health indices since independence, India still lags behind developed economies and emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia and China in provision and availability of adequate health care infrastructure. For instance, while China has 2.2 beds per thousand population and Russia as many as 9.7, we lag at 0.7 when compared to the global average of 2.6. India’s immediate requirements for investments in healthcare amount to USD 80 billion in order to add 1 bed per 1000 population. To meet this demand, the need of the hour is to develop integrated healthcare design and delivery systems that incorporate global standards and best practices as most suitable for India, deliver best patient care models and set new standards for healthcare facilities in India. The synergy between the two practices aims to fulfill this need and bring to our clients vast healthcare sectoral design experience and expertise, coupled with well established local presence and a deep understanding of and insight into local operations.Devereux Architects, a member of project delivery specialist company the PM Group, are one of the UK’s leading healthcare architects, with a global experience profile spanning a range of healthcare organizations and facilities across the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, and the West Indies. Devereux Architect’s landmark projects include work on the Barts and Royal London Hospitals PFI (with HOK), King’s Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University College London Hospitals, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lewisham Hospital, and Queen Mary’s Hospital. Founded in 1991, Technopak are one of India’s leading management consulting firms, engaged in building and enhancing business capabilities for leading Indian and international companies across diverse sectors by offering end-to-end services that are unique due to their rich experience, strong industry relationships and a global spread. Its key sectors of focus include Healthcare, Retail, Consumer Products, Fashion (Textiles & Apparel), Hospitality & Leisure, Food Processing, Education, Entertainment and Real Estate. According to Mr Arvind Singhal, Chairman, Technopak Advisors, ‘India needs an immediate investment of over USD 100 billion to catch up with global standards in healthcare infrastructure. In recognition of the need to build quality healthcare environments, the partnership combines Technopak’s leading edge consultancy services in the healthcare domain with Devereux Architects extensive international healthcare design experience and expertise’. ‘We are delighted to be participating with healthcare architecture in India at this key time for Indian healthcare’s development. Our partnership with Technopak offers a comprehensive service for strategies, planning and design for health projects,’ said Nic Allen, Managing Director, Devereux Architects.