Laing O’Rourke has been selected to design-and-build a major new cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust, which provides the specialist cancer service for Merseyside and Cheshire plans to expand its services with a new hospital on the same site as the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool.
Laing O’Rourke will provide construction and other technical expertise that is vital in developing this outline business case. They will also work closely with staff from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, patient representatives and the architects BDP to begin the detailed design process.
Tom Higgins, Laing O’Rourke Director, said: “This is a very exciting project for us and the confidence The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has in us is testament to our expertise in the health sector.
“The immediate priority is to now work closely with the architects and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre staff as well as patient groups to finalise the project’s design.”
The project includes the redesign of the Trust’s existing Wirral site, as well as designs for the new hospital in Liverpool. If the project receives full business case approval, Laing O’Rourke would also build the new hospital in Liverpool.
The agreement with Laing O’Rourke – which followed a formal tender issued in May 2014 – is on a staged basis which provides flexibility while also ensuring good value for taxpayers.
It means the NHS is not tied into an ongoing contract if at any stage the project does not go ahead.
The project is largely being funded by NHS and government sources, with some money also planned to come from a public fundraising appeal, so is not funded by PFI.
Andrew Cannell, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “Getting the design right will be one of the most important factors in its success and the input of our staff and patient representatives working with Laing O’Rourke and the architects will be invaluable in this. We are also committed to maximising the wider community benefits of a project of this scale.”