Horizon/Carillion compete for new £400m Royal Hospital

Two bidders competing for a 30-year Private Finance Initiative contract with Royal Liverpool University Hospital have been confirmed.

The two shortlisted include:

  • Horizon – a consortium of Spanish-based FCC, John Laing Investments and Interserve Investments with Sheppard Robson, John Cooper Architecture, and Spanish practices Aidhos Architects and Lamela Architects as architectural advisors
  • Carillion – the team consists of architect firms NBBJ and HKS, with Uberior Infrastructure Investments, which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group

Each team spent 14 weeks between February and May 2011 working with Royal Liverpool's doctors, nurses and other staff on their designs, along with representatives of the patient's council.

The contract is worth over £400m and would involve the design, build and operation of the 1m sq ft new hospital on a cleared site next to the current base being replaced.

Judith Greensmith, chair and design champion, said: "We are very excited to have reached another milestone on the journey to the new Royal. We chose these bidders because we felt they offered the best overall proposal for the new Royal. 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.

"We have worked with staff and patients during this process – looking at everything from where we locate departments to ensuring that people can find their way round. We are really looking forward to working with Carillion and Horizon over the next few months as we choose our final bidder."

The final phase of competition will now begin and the winning design and company will be announced in spring 2012.

Subject to NHS and Department of Health approval and planning permission, the contract for the new hospital will be signed and work will start on site in early 2013.

Balfour Beatty, which was bidding on its own with BDP as architectural advisors, featured in the final three after making the shortlist last year.

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