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Berkshire hospital trust splits £200m PFI deal

A Berkshire hospital trust has divided a former £200 million PFI hospital scheme into £180 million of smaller projects to be built over 10 years

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust director of infrastructure Jonathan Pearce said: “Instead of forming a large central site we will concentrate on enhancing facilities at both of our existing hospitals. By using a framework, we can approve jobs one by one and the whole project becomes more manageable and less risky.”

The pre-qualification questions for the framework are being finalised. Work will come from three construction lots of up to £5 million, between £5 million and £20 million, and over £20 million.

Construction will happen in four phases, centred mainly on Wexham Park Hospital. The first of 12 major jobs to go ahead will be the £15 million redevelopment of the women and children’s ward.

Last February, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tried to push the job forward as a joint venture with a developer.

The trust was close to drawing up a shortlist but the plan was abandoned after proving too risky.

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