Two in running for Liverpool hospital construction contract


Carillion and Horizon shortlisted for new hospital scheme

Two construction companies have this week unveiled their visions for the new-look Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Following a number of meetings with clinicians, staff and stakeholders, as well as the hospital’s redevelopment team, both Carillion and Horizon have drawn up early designs for every department in the new facility.

The Horizon Consortium is a team of international expertise in hospital design, construction and facilities management led by three co-sponsors – Interserve, John Laing and FCC Construcción. Its design is being developed through a partnership between two UK architects, Sheppard Robson and John Cooper Architecture, and two Spanish practices, Estudio Lamela and Aidhos ARQUITEC.

The two companies have also outlined their plans for the construction phase and how they will ensure existing services can continue throughout the building work.

The bids, which have not been made public, are currently being reviewed in detail and a preferred bidder will then be announced following approval of the business case later this year. The successful scheme will be the one that represents the best overall value for money, comparing quality and cost. Subject to NHS and Department of Health approval, and detailed planning permission, work on the new hospital is expected to start on site in Autumn 2013.

Judith Greensmith, chairman of the hospital, said: “We are very excited to have reached this stage in the creation of the new hospital. We want to make sure that the new hospital allows us to offer 21st-century care for our patients in a building that our city can be proud of and we have worked closely with staff and patients during this process.”

The new centre will have en-suite single rooms, enhancing dignity and infection control. It will also use natural light and incorporate the arts. In addition, there will be enhanced transport links to the site.

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Once the new facility is fully open, the current hospital will be demolished, enabling the full development of the Liverpool BioCampus, which is due to open in 2014 and will provide space and support for new life science companies to grow, maximising the benefits of biomedical research and bringing innovation and jobs to the city.