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Bids invited for £165m Edinburgh kids' hospital

Lothian NHS board has begun procurement of a children’s hospital and neurosciences facility in Edinburgh which are set for completion in 2017.

Construction of the stand-alone Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and Department for Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) are due to start in 2014.

The facilities will be built next to the existing Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the Little France area of the city and are expected to cost £140m-£165m.

A 28-year contract will include the three-year build period and will be procured through a Non-Profit Distributing model and forms part of a Scottish Futures Trust initiative to invest £750 million in health facilities across the country.

The new facilities will replace the existing children’s hospital at Sciennes and the DCN at the Western General Hospital. Plans were approved in August following several delays due to land and commercial issues with the proposed site.

The project was highlighted as a priority in the Scottish government’s commitment to invest in infrastructure to grow its economy. Health secretary Alex Neil confirmed in September that almost £500m would be invested in health services in 2013 alone.

The trust is holding a bidders’ day for the scheme on 13 December. Interested firms are required to submit a pre-qualification Questionnaire by 21 January 2013 and selected contractors will be invited to submit detailed tenders around 11 March.

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