Additional £300m needed for Royal Liverpool Hospital
The stalled Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which was due to complete in 2017, is not expected to be delivered until 2022 and requires an additional £300m of funding, the chief executive has said.
Initially, the hospital had a budget of £335m, with £285m already spent on the scheme. The additional £300m would bring the total cost of the hospital to £585m.
Steve Warburton, chief executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said at Liverpool City Council’s social care and health select committee this week: “The work to complete [the hospital] will cost £300m and people are likely to be at the existing hospital for the next three winters, opening in 2022.”
Arup was appointed to review the building’s structure in 2018, and Laing O’Rourke started structural repairs in June.
Works so far have required more than 200 cubic metres of concrete and 165 tonnes of steelwork to fix defects left by previous main contractor Carillion, which collapsed in 2018.
Carillion had pushed back completion from 2017 to February 2018, and then again by a series of months, as it found cracks in concrete beams and asbestos in the ground. Since the contractor fell into administration, the cladding on the building was found to be unsafe, which has added extra cost and time to the project.