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Three teams shortlisted for £165m hospital

NHS Lothian has announced that three consortia have been shortlisted for the right to build a new £165 million Edinburgh hospital.

Balfour Beatty, Bam Construction, Brookfield Multiplex and Laing O’Rourke are all in the running for the scheme through three teams under plans to replace the Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

The consortia are:

Mosaic – Laing O’Rourke Construction (construction) and Keppie Design and Hassell (architects)

B3 – Bam Construction and Balfour Beatty Construction (construction) and Building Design Partnership (architects)

Integrated Healthcare Solutions Lothian – Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe (construction) and HLMAD (architects)


The project will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (currently based at the Western General Hospital) and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a new facility next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

NHS Lothian director of finance Susan Goldsmith said: “The calibre of the submissions we received was high and we are pleased to have three experienced bidders to work with during the next phase.

“This project is significant in shaping the future of care in Lothian by bringing children’s, maternity and adult services together on the same site.

“It will build on the existing centre of excellence, creating a major trauma centre and providing opportunities for sharing experience, expertise and research.

“We are very excited about reaching this point of the project and are looking forward to working with the bidders to develop their designs and proposals.”

The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing model.

The NHS Lothian team have been working closely with the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish government to prepare for the procurement process.

The three bidders have been formally invited to participate in the competitive dialogue stage of the project. During this period, they will each develop detailed designs and commercial terms in response to NHS Lothian’s reference design and comprehensive statement of requirements.

This dialogue process is expected to last around a year, with the selection of a preferred bidder in spring 2014.

The successful bidder will then finalise the design for the new building, with work starting on site in the autumn of that year. The hospital is expected to become operational in the summer of 2017.

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