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Galliford Try last firm standing for £35m hospital

Galliford Try is the last contractor standing for a £35 million development of Birmingham Dental Hospital after Skanska pulled out of the deal, CN has learned.

The scheme includes a hospital and school of dentistry at the former BBC studio at Pebble Mill, in Edgbaston.

CN revealed in April that Galliford Try and Skanska were left in the race. Bam Construct, Interserve, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci were among the names to have tendered the contract under a two-stage tender process.

A Skanska spokesperson said: “Skanska had been working with BaS LIFT since January this year to tender for the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry project to be constructed on the Pebble Mill site.

“In April the company was shortlisted as one of two contractors alongside Galliford Try.  We subsequently advised the client, that after reconsidering the scheme we had unfortunately decided not to continue in the process and focus on other opportunities.”

A Galliford Try spokesman added: “Galliford Try can confirm that it is working with Bas LIFT to develop the design and conclude financial negotiations for the Birmingham Dental Hospital scheme.”

The plan is led by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull Local Initiative Finance Trust (Lift) and Calthorpe Estates.

A spokesman for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, added: “Skanska did withdraw from the process earlier this year to focus on other projects. This hasn’t affected the progress of the new facility and once we’ve confirmed the contractor we’ll let you know.”

Work includes the construction of research & development and teaching facilities, ancillary office and support facilities, access, parking and landscaping.

The project includes an unspecified increased cost for achieving an “Excellent” rating for BREEAM.

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