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Hospital trust narrows field

Three to battle for 100m PFI work at Guys and St Thomas

GUYS and St Thomas Hospital Trust has selected three front runners for 100 million worth of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) work.

Health Management Group, The Hospital Company and MDA Group UK have been told that the trust has shortlisted them for the work.

The Health Management Consortium is made up of Amec and Building Property Management Services (BPMS).

Tarmac Healthcare, UME and 3I others make up The Hospital Company.

A spokesman for MDA Group UK refused to reveal who made up its consortium.

The trio has been asked to prepare outline proposals by March 11.

Trust spokesman Matt Tee said between 50 and 60 organisations were interested in the project at the outset.

Its clearly one of the biggest projects well ever offer under PFI. Were happy with the three. We think weve had a good expression of interest, he said.

The major part of the contract is the construction of a new 220-bed Women and Childrens Hospital, replacing two existing buildings, which will be demolished.

Alterations to an existing wing to house management and new renal and cancer services is also required and the winning consortium will be asked to do some general refurbishment work.

Mr Tee said the winning consortium was likely to be announced in October or November.

The trust hoped to be talking turkey to the Treasury to get the deal tied up by the end of the year, he said.

The new facilities are expected to be opened near the turn of the century.