LIVERPOOL'S proposed £1.2 billion hospital scheme - the country's biggest - is recruiting consultants for the next stage of development.
A notice for the scheme published in the Official Journal last week called for project managers, architects, quantity surveyors and engineers to help create a full business case.
Three hospitals will be rebuilt or revamped by the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The biggest of the three, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, will cost around £600 million, with Alder Hey Children's Hospital and University Hospital Aintree sharing the remaining budget.
Each hospital will submit separate business cases to the Department of Health once plans have been finalised before the project can get the official go-ahead.
The cost is expected to increase above the current estimate, which was priced three years ago. The biggest hospital scheme to date is the £1.2 billion PFI redevelopment of The Royal London and Barts Hospitals, on which Skanska is preferred bidder.