A Brookfield Multiplex-led consortium has pushed back the completion date for its £150m hospital in Edinburgh, following the collapse of two of its subcontractors.
Building consortium IHS Lothian said the Royal Hospital for Sick Children will now open in spring 2018, rather than autumn 2017.
The delay comes after two of the subcontractors delivering the project – concrete contractor Dunne Group and trade contractor JB Brickwork – entered administration and liquidation respectively.
The project has also suffered delays due to bad weather and technical construction issues.
IHS Lothian said it has been able to “lessen the impacts of some of these issues” with increased staffing and working hours as well as altered construction methods, but it was now looking at a revised programme schedule in October.
Brookfield Multiplex is carrying out the design and build of the hospital under the consortium, with Macquarie Capital financing the project and Bouygues E&S providing facilities management.
NHS Lothian acting chief executive Jim Crombie said: “We will continue to work closely with IHS Lothian to ensure that our state-of-the-art hospital is delivered as soon as possible.
“While this change is frustrating for our patients and staff, we must not forget that construction of this impressive new building is continuing and that much work has already been achieved.”