Laing O’Rourke gets work on proposed cancer hospital

Laing ORourke gets work on proposed cancer hospitalLaing 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.”

BAM gets £23m University of Liverpool contract

Bam ConstructionThe University of Liverpool has selected BAM Construction as its preferred contractor for the £23 million build contract for the new Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) at the heart of the university campus.

The project includes the demolition of an existing lecture theatre and the construction of the four storey 11,600 sq m BREEAM Excellent rated facility that will incorporate research laboratories, 126 bespoke fume cupboards, office accommodation and associated ancillary spaces.

Work is scheduled to start on site in November 2014 with practical completion of this 90 week build in July 2016.

When completed MIF will be occupied by 240 researchers, including 140 university staff, a team of Unilever scientists from their global Research and Development (R&D) Centre for Home Care and Personal Care products in Port Sunlight, and a broad range of other industrial and academic partners.

Supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as part of the UK Government’s Research Partnership Investment Fund, the MIF is a unique public/private partnership between the University and Unilever.

BAM Construction has previously built the BioSciences building and completed the Engineering Restructuring Project for The University of Liverpool.

Anthony Mulhearn, project manager at The University of Liverpool said: “We are delighted to be moving the MIF project to the next stage with the appointment of BAM Construction to build this world-class facility and one which we are very proud to bring to Liverpool.

“This contemporary building clearly reflects our aspirations and provides the ideal environment to further our relationships with industry partners”.

Ged Flanagan, construction director, BAM Construction said: “This is an exciting project with a high technical specification and we are looking forward to starting on site and working with the project team to deliver this leading research facility for the University of Liverpool.”