Laing O’Rourke confirmed as lead contractor after signing contract

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Laing O’Rourke has been confirmed as lead contractor on the £480m redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The contractor signed a contract confirming the plans this week having begun preparatory work on the 3Ts Redevelopment, as the scheme is known, last September.

It means construction work on the main hospital building will now start in the first half of next year.

The scheme had encountered issues after inflationary pressures saw the cost rise by £60m, but was given the green light in October after the Treasury approved a revised business case for the project.

The redevelopment was originally budgeted for £420m, but was allocated an extra £60m by the Department of Health in February due to inflation.

The project will redevelop the front half of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site, with two new hospital buildings replacing the current facilities.

The first of the new buildings is due to open in 2020 and the second in 2023. The hospital will continue to run all its clinical services on site throughout the redevelopment.

Paul Lynchehaun, Laing O’Rourke’s project director said: “The redevelopment will not only deliver an improved hospital site fit for future needs, but as importantly will also provide apprenticeships, graduate placements and jobs for people who live locally.”