Three construction companies have been shortlisted for the £451m contract to rebuild the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
The shortlisted firms are: Balfour Beatty, Carillion (bidding with Uberior Infrastructure Investments), and Spanish contractor FCC (teamed up with Interserve Investments and John Laing).
Brookfield, which also bid for the contract, did not make it past the initial stage of the bidding process.
The three shortlisted contractors will now enter competitive dialogue with Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Another firm will be eliminated in the autumn and the remaining two will submit final bids in February 2011.
The Trust expects to name a preferred bidder next summer, with financial close and construction work starting on site in early 2012.
The project will see the existing Royal Liverpool Hospital replaced with a new state-of-the-art building.