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Setback for £400m Royal Liverpool scheme

The £400 million Royal Liverpool University Hospital project has hit a “major setback” with fresh attempts to secure a judicial review of its business case.

Campaigner Sam Semoff yesterday challenged a judge’s refusal of permission to proceed with a judicial review of the Merseyside scheme.

Royal Liverpool chief executive Tony Bell said: “This is a major setback – the potential impact of which should not be underestimated.

“This legal challenge has already delayed the project by over four months. This will delay it further and is likely to deter interested bidders and deprive the city region of one of its most important regeneration opportunities for the future.”

He added: “We are taking legal advice in relation to Mr Semoff’s latest announcement and would urge him to seriously consider the impact of his actions on the people of Liverpool, Merseyside and Cheshire.”

Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Spanish contractor FCC were shortlisted in July to build the replacement hospital.

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