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Carillion Royal Liverpool job to face structural review

Arup has been hired to conduct a structural review of Carillion’s Royal Liverpool Hospital problem job to identify how much additional work it requires, board papers from the NHS trust have revealed.

In papers for its monthly meeting taking place today, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust’s chief executive Aiden Kehoe said it “was not possible to say” when the job would complete, but that it was unlikely to be finished in 2018.

Mr Kehoe added that he understood the trust was close to agreeing a contract with a new construction firm to manage the completion of the scheme.

The papers also state that the chosen company was expected to utilise the existing supply chain on the project, and that the trust had requested trade union presence on site to be maintained.

Construction News understands the selected contractor is Laing O’Rourke, with CN first revealing the firm was poised to take on the job at the start of March.

Arup will be tasked with drawing up a new project plan for the hospital, which has been hit by numerous delays.

In January 2016 the discovery of cracked concrete beams set construction back by a year.

A further delay was revealed shortly before Carillion’s collapse, which led the NHS trust to state publicly that it would “closely monitor” Carillion’s work on the project.

Yesterday it was revealed Carillion’s internal review of its two problem hospital jobs showed costs to be £70.8m higher than management was officially reporting.

Arup has been contacted for comment.

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