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Paddington delays could cost £25m

DELAYS on the troubled Paddington Health Campus scheme could cost taxpayers up to £25 million.

A document seen by Construction News reveals that the cost of maintaining existing facilities until 2011 - the earliest date the project can now be completed - may hit £17.5 million.

And this figure could jump to £25 million if there are further complications.

Harefield Hospital in north-west London was due to be relocated to Paddington by the end of 2006, but problems with the intended site have seen this date slip to 2011 at the earliest.

According to the report, produced for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust board, almost £10 million has already been spent on essential work to keep the hospital open beyond 2006.

The Trust announced last week that chief executive Gareth Goodier is to move to the North West London Strategic Health Authority which has overall responsibility for the scheme.