CONTRACTORS are warming up for potentially the largest ProCure 21 hospital deal so far.
The 11 ProCure 21 framework firms have the chance to submit expressions of interest this month for the first stage of a £250 million scheme to overhaul Broadmoor hospital in West London.
The deal may offer a lifeline for firms such as Wates, Balfour Beatty and Carillion, which have failed to register major successes so far under ProCure 21, scooping projects worth just £11 million, £23.4 million and £28 million respectively from the £2 billion awarded.
Sources suggest unsuccessful firms may either drop out of the framework due to pressure from their boards or be asked to leave by the framework managers.
The plan to redevelop Broadmoor fol firms may either drop out of the framework due to pressure from their boards or be asked to leave by the framework managers.
The plan to redevelop Broadmoor follows the publication in 2003 of a highly critical report from the Commission for Health Improvement that claimed the facility was 'totally unfit for its purpose of modern mental healthcare delivery' One ProCure 21 insider said: 'It is very, very strategic at the minute.The trust is just considering its options and it wants a contractor to help it. It is still a long way off because the trust needs to be able to demonstrate to the strategic health authority that there is a need for the redevelopment.
They will be looking at the various ways the project can be delivered.
'While the figures involved will make it attractive to a lot of the framework firms I wouldn't expect any construction this year or even next; maybe work might start on site in 2007.'