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Four local firms vie for £60m hospital

CONTRACTS ULSTER

FOUR teams have lined up for a £60 million contract to build a hospital in Nor thern Ireland.

The local contractors vying for the deal, which is being let as a conventional contract, are Farrans, Graham/Martin, Henry Brothers and McLaughlin & Harvey. The work will involve building the Downe Hospital in Lisburn.

Another firm, Gilbert Ash, had been involved but pulled out following a delay while plans were revised.

A project source said: 'We are happy with getting four contractors involved as it's a big job and there has been a bit of a delay getting to this stage.' Client on the scheme is Down Lisburn HSS Trust, which has also included some support facilities as part of the deal.

Tender documents will be sent to the four firms next month with a winner chosen by the end of the year. Work on advance contracts such as roads will then start early in the new year and the main contract is expected to start soon after.

It is thought the job will take around four years to finish.