Laing O’Rourke job Alder Hey children’s hospital set for financial close in the spring

Alder Hey

Funding has been secured for the new Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool to be built by Laing O’Rourke, John Laing and Interserve.

Preferred bidder, the Acorn consortium, has said it now expects financial close on the £237m PFI project next spring, slightly later than anticipated.

The scheme, designed by BDP, involves replacing the current hospital with a 270-bed facility for Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

John Laing and Laing O’Rourke each hold 40% of the total investment equity in the Acorn consortium with Interserve holding 20%. Laing O’Rourke will design and build the new hospital and Interserve will provide the hard facilities management services.

The three saw off competition from Balfour Beatty in May to win the 60,000sq m project, which will be built in Springfield Park next door to the current building.

The hospital is due to open in summer 2015.