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Thursday24 July 2014

Longlist for Papworth rebuild announced

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Six teams including HOK, Allies & Morrison and BDP have prequalified to rebuild one of the country’s most famous hospitals in a deal worth £165 million

Papworth Hospital, which carried out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, is relocating from Papworth Everard, near Cambridge, to the city’s Biomedical Campus.

It is one of the few hospitals being built under PFI and is due to be completed by the end of 2015.

Architects have been asked to pair up with contractors. The half dozen now being assessed by Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are BDP/Brookfield; HOK/Skanska; Anshen & Allen/Allies & Morrison/Balfour Beatty; Nightingale Associates/Bouygues; Avanti/Laing O’Rourke and John Cooper Architecture/Sheppard Robson/Sir Robert McAlpine.

The trust’s adviser is Devereux Architects.

Hospital chiefs want the facility to replace its outdated and cramped building with a 290-bed hospital that will allow it to develop research programmes.

Hospital chief executive Stephen Bridge said the six would be whittled down to three next month with a preferred bidder chosen in late 2012. He added: “I am delighted with the response we have had from potential bidders.”

A number of hospital schemes are in the pipeline with the next likely to be a redevelopment of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in north London.

The first phase of this scheme will cost £81 million and will involve building a new 159-bed, inpatient ward at the hospital’s site in Stanmore. A hospital spokeswoman said it was hoping to advertise the scheme in the Ojeu this December and hold a bidders’ day the following month.

The RNOH NHS Trust is hoping work on the PFI scheme will start in 2012 and finish two years later.

  • HOK’s head of healthcare, Sinclair Webster, who worked on the firm’s Royal London Hospital development, has joined the London office of US firm HKS as healthcare projects director with a brief to look at schemes in the UK and overseas.

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