The Department of Health is examining expressions of interest from contractors hoping to bid for its first batched hospital Private Finance Initiative scheme.
The closing date was last Friday. Project sources said Laing Group subsidiary Equion, Balfour Beatty and the Bovis Lend Lease-led Catalyst consortium were the frontrunners for the scheme to build hospitals in Salford, Tameside and Bradford. The three have a combined value of more than £400 million. Three shortlisted bidders are due to be named in September.