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Carillion: Midland Hospital could face further two-year delay

The £350m Midland Metropolitan Hospital being built by Carillion prior to its collapse could be delayed by another two years, the NHS trust’s chief executive has revealed.    

In board papers published ahead of a meeting on Thursday, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust chief executive Toby Lewis said some options being looked at would make a 2022 opening “more likely” than the 2020 date the trust had targeted.

However, Mr Lewis said the trust continued to push for a faster restart in order to achieve a 2020 completion.

He also warned the site was now “deteriorating”, which would result in significant remedial costs.

Mr Lewis has previously been quoted as saying there would be additional costs of around £100m-£125m to finish the project.

“After many weeks of intensive work, clarity and certainty continues to elude us all,” he said.

“What is apparent is that the site is deteriorating now and that rework costs will therefore be significant.

“We continue to press for an early restart and therefore the most rapid route to a single acute hospital, which in our view could be achieved by 2020.

“Some options being considered make a 2022 opening date more likely, with certainty not achieved until early next year owing to chosen procurement routes in an uncertain supplier market. 

“Every reasonable representation is being made to frame the full facts and permit informed decisions.

“However, we do recognise that this is unprecedented territory and ultimately the approach taken will be shaped nationally and instructed locally.”

In March, Construction News exclusively revealed Skanska and Kier were in the running to finish the hospital, with Kier eventually losing out.

However, confirmation of Skanska’s appointment has not been forthcoming and there is still no sign of works restarting on the project.

This led West Midland metro mayor Andy Street to publicly call on the government to support Skanska’s appointment and “help avoid further delays to the project”.

Last month’s board papers from the NHS trust showed the body had tried to keep Carillion construction staff on site after the company enter liquidation.

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