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Equion to build Pembury hospital

Health secretary Alan Johnson has announced Equion preferred bidder made up of John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve has been appointed for a new £228 million hospital in Pembury.

The redevelopment will include 512 en-suite bedrooms and is the first in England to feature only single rooms, designed for the better isolation of patients with infections.

Construction will begin early in the new year, subject to final approvals and is set to be completed by 2010.