The firms shortlisted for the £400 million Royal Liverpool University Hospital scheme have been given until May to submit bids after a legal challenge against the scheme was dropped.
But the scheme suffered a serious setback in November when campaigner Sam Semoff challenged a judge’s refusal of permission to proceed with a judicial review of the plans.
Then, in January 2011, the Legal Services Commission withdrew Mr Semoff’s legal aid, and Mr Semoff has now withdrawn his appeal.
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Tony Bell said: “We can now press ahead with the exciting task of working with our three bidders to create a world-class hospital for the people of this city.”
The trust intends to eliminate one of the three bidders by January 2012, with the aim of selecting a winner by May 2012. The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2016.