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19May94 UK: HOSPITAL JOB BACK ON COURSE - NORTH LONDON.

A major hospital scheme in north London is back on the starting grid after being put on hold more than a year ago.It is understood that bids for the £15 million phase one redevelopment of Barnet hospital will again be invited, probably next month.Last year the Government pulled the plug on funding the Wellhouse National Health Trust project because of capital spending limits.It is now hoped that work can start in October for completion in February 1997. But the project could again fall foul of cash restraints and firms pricing the job will still have no guarantee that it will go ahead this year.The first time around, Norwest Holst was set to win the job with a fixed-price bid, but it is understood that now the whole tendering process will start from scratch with a new shortlist being drawn up.Phase one of the project, which includes a £6 million mechanical and electrical package, will cover 16,400 sq m and comprise a three-storey, nucleus-style building, including intensive care and general wards, operating theatres, and an accident and emergency department. Project manager is Cyril Sweett. CONSTRUCTION NEWS