Exclusive: Five heavyweight contractors are in the race for the £285 million redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital, CN has learned.
The proposal is to build a new hospital on the grounds, demolish parts of the current building and sell off surplus land.
Tenders are understood to have been returned at the end of last week.
The West London Mental Health is now targeting a December start for the main scheme, having already begun enabling works and originally targeted a September start.
The Department of Health and NHS London have approved the outline business case for the massive redevelopment.
A planning application was passed by Bracknell Forest Council, subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement, which was signed off in May 2012.
The full business case was submitted to NHS London for approval in October 2012. It will also go to the DoH later this month.
The trust says many of the hospital’s buildings have not changed since being built, with the outdated layout “making it increasingly difficult for staff to provide the modern services and treatments our patients need”.
The new hospital will contain 234 beds, providing accommodation for 210 male patients and space for 24 flexible beds.
It will be ready for patients in January 2017. It is hoped the redevelopment will be completed in July 2019.
Willmott Dixon is already on site in a £7m deal under ProCure21+ to build a new training facility and energy centre and do enabling works in preparation for a proposed redevelopment of the site.
The enabling work is now set to be completed by December 2013.