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Laing O’Rourke team wins £200m Dumfries hospital

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has appointed a Laing O’Rourke-led consortium as preferred bidder to deliver its new £200m hospital.

The Highwood Health Consortium comprises Laing O’Rourke as the construction partner and Serco to provide estate management services.

It will design, build, maintain and finance the new £200m hospital under 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.

Laing O’Rourke beat Balfour Beatty and Skanska to the job, which were also shortlisted last September.

Project director Dennis O’Keeffe said the winning bid was “one that brings to bear a consortium of designers and contractors with considerable expertise and resources to fulfil our expectations”.

He added that the consortium was selected “following an intense period of competitive dialogue and evaluation”.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway chief executive Jeff Ace said: “This is the major milestone that we have been working towards for months now, along with two bidders who have produced the final designs for the kind of facility that we need so that our staff can deliver the best care possible for our patients.”

Meanwhile Laing O’Rourke this week began construction of the first new clinical buildings linked to the £420m Brighton 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

Laing O’Rourke is constructing two temporary buildings: a six-storey building to house services including nuclear medicine, physiotherapy outpatients and rheumatology outpatients, with the second intended to accommodate three wards currently located in the build area of the main redevelopment.

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