The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has selected Laing O'Rourke to work on business cases and the design-and-build of a £118m specialist cancer hospital linked to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
The plans for a major hospital on the same site as the Royal, itself being rebuilt under a separate PFI project, include corridor links between the buildings on two floors.
The new centre would include a dedicated Teenage & Young Adult Unit that would bring together inpatient and day-case facilities for people aged between 16 and 24 as well as operating as a base for those patients visiting the hospital for other treatments such as radiotherapy. The existing teenage and young adult unit in the Wirral cancer centre just has inpatient beds.
That hospital in Liverpool and an associated redesign of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre's Wirral site, should go ahead subject to the approval of an outline business case this summer and a full business case in 2016.
Laing O'Rourke will provide construction and other technical expertise that is vital in developing this outline business case. They will also work closely with staff from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, patient representatives and the architects BDP to begin the detailed design process.
The project includes the redesign of the Trust's existing Wirral site, as well as designs for the new hospital in Liverpool. If the project receives full business case approval, Laing O'Rourke would also build the new hospital in Liverpool.
The project is largely being funded by NHS and government sources, with some money also planned to come from a public fundraising appeal.
Andrew Cannell, chief executive of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: "Getting the design right will be one of the most important factors in its success and the input of our staff and patient representatives working with Laing O'Rourke and the architects will be invaluable in this. We are also committed to maximising the wider community benefits of a project of this scale."