NHS Dumfries and Galloway has shortlisted three contractors for its £200m new-build hospital in Dumfries.
The three contractors will enter competitive dialogue to bid for the hospital job, which will be the single biggest investment in healthcare in Dumfries and Galloway.
It will be procured using the Scottish Government’s non-profit distributing model – an alternative to the traditional private finance initiative model that ensures profits are reinvested into the public sector.
Health secretary Alex Neil said the hospital board was looking forward to receiving “innovative proposals from the shortlisted bidders that will deliver a modern, high-quality facility”.
Planning permission was granted in June for the new hospital, which will sit on land adjacent to the Garroch roundabout on the A75 west of Dumfries.
Work is expected to start on site in the spring of 2015, with the new hospital open to patients in the first half of 2018.
The planning approval follows sign-off on the project by both the Department of Health and the Treasury earlier this year.
Carillion project director Austin Bell said the project will provide 750 full-time construction jobs over a four-year build period, 60 per cent of which will be for local people.
There is also a commitment to use at least 60 per cent of local materials in its construction and create up to 100 apprenticeships.