Nightingale/Brookfield consortium beats off competition from Laing O’Rourke/Keppie Architects and Balfour Beatty/BDP Architects

Nightingale Associates, as part of the Brookfield Constructions UK consortium, has been announced as the practice that will design the £840m hospital in Glasgow city centre.

The new South Glasgow Hospital Campus, for which outline planning permission has already been secured, will span 170,000 m2, will be one of the largest hospitals ever commissioned to be built in the UK.

The practice, along with its health planners, Tribal, beat two other shortlisted teams to win the contract; Laing O’Rourke with Keppie Architects and Balfour Beatty with BDP Architects.

The hospital will centralise acute services currently provided by three different hospitals and will comprise of a 1,100-bed adult hospital; 240-bed children’s hospital; laboratory facilities and support accommodation.

Within these facilities, the development will include a new cancer hospital; cardiothoracic service and cardiology unit; two maternity units; two new ambulatory care hospitals, state-of-the-art screening laboratory and an A&E department.

Neil Murphy, Principal of the London studio, said: “This is an extremely significant opportunity for Nightingale Associates. Not only for the size of the contract, but also because it marks another very significant step forward for us into the Scottish healthcare market.”

The design stage is now expected to start within the coming weeks, with construction of the first phase – the adults and children’s hospitals – due to start onsite in November 2010.