High Wood Heath, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke and Serco, has been confirmed as preferred bidder for the contract to build the new district general hospital for Dumfries and Galloway region.
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in Spring 2015.
Laing O’Rourke and the outsourcing company Serco beat out competition from Balfour Beatty, and Skanska, which dropped out of the race last year. Balfour will however provide an access road for the new site worth £1.1m.
Dennis O’Keeffe, Project Director said: “Following an intense period of competitive dialogue and evaluation, we are pleased to announce High Wood Health as our preferred bidder. Their proposed solution is one that brings to bear a consortium of designers and contractors with considerable expertise and resources to fulfil our expectations.”
Jeff Ace, Chief Executive for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “This is the major milestone that we have been working towards for months now, along with two bidders who have produced the final designs for the kind of facility that we need so that our staff can deliver the best care possible for our patients.”