Paterson Building will now be completed by JV that also includes Sir Robert McAlpine

Bosses at a Manchester NHS trust have confirmed that a team featuring Vinci has replaced Interserve on a £150m contract to build a new cancer research centre.

The £150m Paterson Building at the Christie hospital in the Withington area of the city will now be built by Integrated Health Projects (IHP).

While IHP is a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci the latter is the only firm working on the Christie building.

Interserve was chosen for the job in October 2018 and had recently finished the first stage of enabling works with local contractor PP O’Connor.

But the firm has now been replaced on the building which was severely damaged by fire in April 2017.

A spokesperson for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust said: “We can confirm that Integrated Health Projects are the main contractor for rebuilding our research centre.

“We’d like to thank Interserve for the delivery of many key construction projects over the years.”

Interserve had previously worked with the Christie on a £90m deal to build a new proton beam therapy centre at the hospital which it completed in autumn 2018.

A spokesperson for Interserve said: “Interserve Construction has enjoyed a long and positive association with [the] Christie, delivering a wide range of projects over several years.”

The 10-storey Paterson Building, which was tendered through the ProCure22+ framework, is due to finish in 2021. Designed by BDP, it will be built at the same south Manchester site where Foster + Partners’ Maggie’s Centre is also based.

It is the second job Vinci has replaced Interserve on, with the French contractor being parachuted in to complete a £20m job to refurbish Guildhall in York last September.

BDP's proposals to redevelop the site of the Paterson Building at Manchester's Christie Hospital site

The Paterson Building is due to complete next year