The £165 million construction contract for the first acute hospital to be procured under the Scottish Government's Non Profit Distributing (NPD) Model has been awarded to the Integrated Health Solutions Lothian consortium.
Work is expected to start on the new landmark Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children in autumn with completion for summer 2017 following the legal 'standstill' period required under European Union procurement regulations.
The winning consortium, headed by Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe, will design, build and maintain the Sick Children's hospital and Department of Clinical Neurosciences to be built on a site adjacent to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the Little France district.
The project will bring services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Department of Clinical Neurosciences that is currently based at the Western General Hospital, and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, together in a high quality, modern facility.
The invitation to bid was issued in December 2012 and three consortia were shortlisted to progress to selection of a preferred bidder. The winning group also includes architect HLMAD, Macquarie Capital Group and Bouygues E&S FM providing facilities management. They beat off competition from consortia that included Laing O'Rourke and a Balfour Beatty/BAM joint venture.
Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance, NHS Lothian said: “The selection of a preferred bidder follows an extensive and thorough evaluation process.This announcement marks a major milestone in what is an extremely exciting project for the people of Lothian and beyond.
“The development will prove significant in shaping the future of care 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.”
Artists impression: NHS Lothian