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Balfour Beatty eyes up Glasgow hospital rebuild job worth £500m

Balfour Beatty is understood to be in the running for the £500 million rebuild of South Glasgow hospital.

The contractor has completed pre-qualification for the huge publicly-funded project and is waiting for full tender documents.

It is yet to be seen whether Balfour will face competition for the job – a shortlist of bidders was due to be drawn up earlier this month but has been delayed.

A number of companies have shied away from the job due to unfamiliarity with its location, while many more have been ruled out by its size. One industry source said: “With so few likely contractors, you have to ask if there will be sufficient competition.”

Laing O’Rourke has been touted by some in the industry as a possible competitor, but has refused to comment on the speculation.

If such a competition was to emerge, it would mirror the Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton Building Schools for the Future deal, where a consortium of Laing O’Rourke and John Laing is competing with a Balfour-led team for a £500 million job.

The Southern General Hospital will be rebuilt and refurbished to form South Glasgow Hospital. It will comprise of an adult acute hospital, a children’s hospital and a laboratory block.

It will be one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK, and one of the most advanced in Europe. The new hospital will have 1,100 beds, in single-room accommodation, along with 20 modern operating theatres.

An estimated 110,000 patients are expected to come through the hospital’s doors every year. It will be home to major specialised services such as renal medicine and transplantation and vascular surgery.

The adult hospital will be integrated with the children’s hospital. There will be separate entrances, but a physical link for patients and staff is planned from the new hospitals into the maternity and neurosciences building.

Works will include infrastructure, enabling, access and sewer systems. The construction contract is due to be awarded in October, to allow work to start on site in November and be completed by summer 2015.

Balfour has won more than £1 billion of work this year, and also has its hat in the ring for civils work on the £16 billion Crossrail project, among others.

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