The Integrated Health Solutions Lothian consortium was chosen as a preferred bidder in a competition with Laing O’Rourke and a Balfour Beatty/Bam joint venture for the Edinburgh children’s hospital scheme.
The Integrated Health Solutions Lothian consortium will design, build and maintain the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site. The project is estimated to cost around £165m.
The new, modern building will provide services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences as well as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
Currently, the services are provided on two different sites at the Western General Hospital and Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
The consortium comprises of Brookfield Multiplex as the main contractor, Bouygues as facilities management provider and HLMAD as architects, with financial partner Macquarie Capital Group.
Construction work is expected to start this autumn, and by the summer of 2017 the hospital is planned to start fully operating.
NHS Lothian director of finance, Susan Goldsmith, commented on the evaluation process for the selection of the preferred bidder.
“The development will prove significant in shaping the future of care by bringing children’s, maternity and adult services together on the same site.
She added: “It will build on the existing centre of excellence, creating a major trauma centre and providing opportunities for sharing experience, expertise and research.”
The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish government’s alternative to traditional private finance initiative, the Non Profit Distributing model.
Peter Reekie, the Scottish Futures Trust director of finance and member of the Project Steering Board said: “It’s fantastic to reach this milestone on such a significant hospital project.
“Robust project preparation and the strength of the NHS Lothian project team, combined with SFT’s simplified NPD programme approach had led to a highly efficient and competitive procurement.”