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Four chase £40m hospital


FOUR contractors have been lined up to price a hospital refurbishment scheme north of the border.

The £40 million deal is part of a larger PPP scheme to carry out new build work at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and the Queen Margaret Hospital in nearby Dunfermline. This element is being priced by Amec, Balfour Beatty and Miller.

All three have made the shortlist for the refurbishment work, which is being let as a non-PPP deal. They have been joined by a fourth bidder, Interserve.

Bids go back to Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust early next month and work will involve the reconfiguration and upgrading of the existing parts of the Victoria and Queen Margaret hospitals. This is being funded through the NHS capital scheme.

The PPP deal, also for the same health trust, will involve closing the Forth Park Hospital in Kirkcaldy and splitting the services between the two other hospitals.

The scheme will involve adding a 38,000 sq m extension to the Victoria Hospital, providing a new theatre and critical care facility, plus A&E and acute wards.

Fife is expected to announce the winner of the PPP deal in August. The capital cost of the scheme is an est imated £115 m illion.