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Another major PFI hospital job falls apart


THE THIRD major PFI hospital redevelopment in as many months has been dropped after it was left with only one bidder.

Plymouth's local NHS trusts decided last week not to pursue a bid from Medico Vanguard, in which Amey is the contractor.The group had been left as a sole bidder after Multiplex pulled out in January and Bonaventure, with Hochtief as contractor, pulled out in February.

The project will now be split into two packages and readvertised.The first, worth £200 million, will go out this autumn and the second next summer.

Project director Andy Ibbs said: 'It would have been far from ideal to be negotiating with just one bidder in a major project such as this. It would have presented us with problems such as a lack of visible competition and made it very difficult to ensure that what we deliver is the best value for money.'

A few weeks ago the £1 billion Paddington Health Campus was scrapped, while in April the £350 million Whipps Cross redevelopment was cancelled after Balfour Beatty pulled out, leaving Bouygues as sole bidder.