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Higgs and Hill has been instructed to complete the £142 million Philip Harris wing at Guy's hospital in London despite fresh uncertainty about the final use of the building.The future of the purpose-built intensive care and teaching wing was thrown into doubt last week after Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley unveiled plans to move Guy's services to another site in London.But this week Higgs and Hill chiefs were told to finish the building as planned.A spokesman for the contractor said: 'We have been assured at the highest level that the project will be completed and we have every confidence that will be the case.'The site has been beset by troubles. Design changes during early construction drove up costs and earlier this month the main services contractor Kentz fell into receivership.Higgs and Hill staff are soon to advise the hospital trust about how to proceed to meet the handover date at the end of the year. It is understood that Higgs and Hill favours completing the job itself rather than bringing in another services contractor.But it is still unclear whether any of Kentz subcontractors will be able to claw back any cash for mechanical and electrical work.A spokeswoman for Guy's said: 'We still plan to use the new wing, although part of the building will be put to slightly different use.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS