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Balfour Beatty and Laing O'Rourke shortlisted for £288m hospital

22 Apr 10 Balfour Beatty and a Laing O'Rourke team have been shortlisted for the £288m Alder Hey Children's Health Park project in Liverpool.

Balfour Beatty and a Laing O'Rourke team have been shortlisted for the construction of the £288m Alder Hey Children's Health Park project in Liverpool.

Balfour Beatty is working with Anshen and Allen architects. Laing O'Rourke's Acorn Consortium includes Laing Investments, Interserve, and architects BDP.

The Alder Hey Children's Health Park is set to be the first of its kind in Europe. A network of 'Nightingale' wards, built 100 years ago, will be replaced by the new facility.

The health park is being built on a new greenfield site adjacent to the current hospital. The site forms part of Springfield Park, owned by Liverpool City Council. The council has given outline planning permission for the children's health park, centred around a 450,000 sq ft hospital and 1,200-space car park.

Five consortia had registered bids to deliver the children's health park.

Balfour Beatty and Laing O'Rourke will submit their final tenders in March 2011, with a preferred bidder expected to be announced in June 2011. Work is scheduled to start on site in April 2012.

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