The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has signed the legal agreement to take back the running of the hospital and has apppointed Laing O’Rourke as management contractor to oversee the delivery of the remaining construction work, with practical completion to be reached in 2020.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said:
“We are delighted to announce that we, The Hospital Company, lenders and the Government have all signed up to this agreement, that means construction can restart soon and that the new Royal will now be publicly funded.The agreement provides significant savings to the public sector and represents good value for money for the taxpayer.
All parties have worked extremely hard to resolve the issues caused by the collapse of Carillion. The lenders in particular have shown considerable goodwill in reaching this agreement. I would like to thank our local politicians who have continued to support our aims to get the new Royal restarted.
In particular, I’d like to thank our local MP Louise Ellman for her tireless and invaluable efforts, often behind the scenes, to ensure the new Royal is delivered.
Our priority now is for Laing O’Rourke to get work restarted as soon as possible. We hope to be able to continue working with the existing subcontractors so that work can be completed quickly.”
Paul McNerney, director at Laing O’Rourke said:
“Laing O’Rourke is delivering the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre next door to the new Royal and had been working closely with the team there already. The business now looks forward to partnering with the Trust directly to re-start these important works for the local community.”
The new Royal will provide single room ensuite accommodation for inpatients, with 646 bedrooms across 23 wards. It will have 18 state of the art operating theatres, one of the biggest Emergency Departments in the North West, with dedicated ambulance only access to and the hospital will have a large MHRA Phase 1 accredited clinical research facility, to support first in human clinical trials.Once the new Royal has opened, the current hospital will be demolished and landscaped to provide underground car parking and space for the creation of the Liverpool Health Campus.