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Royal Liverpool restart waiting on Arup's post-Carillion review

Restarting Carillion’s £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital project hangs on a structural engineering review that Arup is due to complete within six-to-eight weeks, NHS board papers have revealed.

Board papers from Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust, released ahead of today’s monthly meeting, also revealed the trust had received further commitments from the scheme’s funders.

The trust said it had met with Nigel Wilson, chief executive of project financer Legal and General, along with relevant government departments.

It added that the project’s backers will use Arup’s review to develop an accurate understanding of the work’s costs and timeframe.

The trust commissioned Arup to look into the structural work required on the hospital following Carillion’s liquidation.

At the time of its collapse, the contractor had been carrying out remedial work on cracked concrete beams within the new hospital’s structure.

A draft copy of Arup’s report, seen by the trust, suggests work on the structural issues could be completed in line with other work and have no further impact on construction timescales.

The board papers also showed that health minister Stephen Barclay had visited the scheme last week and had discussed the project’s restart.

The trust described the minister as “keen to move as quickly as possible to get the project completed”.

CN understands Laing O’Rourke has been in line to take over as the main contractor on the project for some time now, with the news first revealed at the start of March.

The Royal Liverpool Hospital project is considered one of the problem jobs that contributed to Carillion’s collapse, along with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

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

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