Two contractors have dropped out of the £300m race for Wynard Hospital, near Billingham, leaving only one remaining contractor bidding.
Brookfield Multiplex is now the only contractor to have submitted an initial bid for the design, build and operation of the project.
Laing O’Rourke and Iridium Concesiones de Infrastructuras have dropped out of the competition for the project.
The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust will now work with Brookfield to refine the design, and ensure the bid represents value for money.
Construction News revealed this month that financial close on the £425 million Royal Liverpool Hospital had been put back by at least six months until early 2014, while construction on the £206m Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire was also delayed and is not now expected to begin until March 2014.
The hospital is due to open in 2017.
The new hospital, serving Hartlepool, Stockton and parts of Easington and Sedgefield.
Brookfield is currently on site at the New South Glasgow Hospital, due to open in 2015, and is responsible for the building and operation of Peterborough City Hospital.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Alan Foster said: “We were delighted to receive the initial bid from Brookfield Multiplex. It’s not unusual for schemes to be working with one bidder at this stage, especially in the current financial climate.
“Brookfield Multiplex is as committed as we are to providing a world class facility at an affordable price that will be a lasting legacy for future generations.
“As well as satisfying ourselves that the scheme is right for this area and affordable, we are also providing as much information as we can to our regulator, the Department of Health and the Treasury so they can be satisfied at this stage that the scheme is deliverable.”
Clinical lead for the programme Dr Nick Roper said: “The health professionals who will be providing care in the new hospital have been involved in the procurement from day one. As health professionals we are with patients every day and we know from what they tell us what is needed in the new facility. This is a very exciting time and all of the doctors here are looking forward to being able to provide the very best care in the very best facilities available.
“There is no doubt that having a new hospital in a central location will strengthen our ability to retain the excellent medical and nursing staff we already have and the attract the calibre of health professionals we will need to ensure we can maintain clinical standards and look after local people in the future.”
Commercial director of Brookfield Multiplex Paul Serkis added: “After having worked with the health professionals and support staff at the trust over the past few months during the dialogue stage we now share their vision to provide world class services in a world class facility and the Brookfield Multiplex team is totally committed to building a superb hospital of which the area will be proud.”