Shortlist for new RHSC and DCN announced

NHS Lothian has reached a major milestone in its plans to replace Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
Following a detailed evaluation process, the health board has today, Monday 11 March, announced that three consortia have been shortlisted to move into the next phase of the project. These are:
Mosaic – Laing O’Rourke Construction (construction) and Keppie Design and Hassell Limited (architects)
B3 – BAM Construction and Balfour Beatty Construction (construction) and Building Design Partnership (architects)
Integrated Healthcare Solutions Lothian – Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe (construction) and HLMAD (architects)
The project will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, currently based at the Western General Hospital, and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, brought together in a high quality, modern facility next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.
Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance, NHS Lothian said: “The calibre of the submissions we received was high and we are pleased to have three experienced bidders to work with during the next phase.
“This project is significant in shaping the future of care in Lothian by bringing children’s, maternity and adult services together on the same site. It will build on the existing centre of excellence, creating a major trauma centre and providing opportunities for sharing experience, expertise and research.
“We are very excited about reaching this point of the project and are looking forward to working with the bidders to develop their designs and proposals.”
The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model and the NHS Lothian team have been working closely with the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish Government to prepare for the procurement process.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “This development moves us one step closer to getting the new hospital up and running in 2017.
“This project is part of a £750 million health revenue finance pipeline delivering a range of improvements to hospital and community health facilities right across Scotland.
“We have already seen £1 billion being pumped into our hospitals and health centres since 2011 and another £1 billion will be invested over the next two years. In 2013 alone we will invest nearly £500 million.
"High quality health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and that is something this Government is determined to give them.”
The three bidders have been formally invited to participate in the competitive dialogue stage of the project.  During this period, they will each develop detailed designs and commercial terms in response to NHS Lothian’s reference design and comprehensive statement of requirements.
This dialogue process is expected to last around a year with the selection of a preferred bidder in spring 2014. The successful bidder will then finalise the design for the new building, with work starting on site in the autumn of that year. The hospital is expected to become operational in the summer of 2017.
Notes to Editors
* NHS Lothian advertised the project on the Public Contracts Scotland website and in the Official Journal of the European Union in December 2012. Three consortia completed the pre-qualification questionnaire. A detailed evaluation process was carried out on each of the responses including reviewing financial standing, previous relevant experience and references. Based on the results of this process the decision was made to shortlist all three applicants.
* The three consortia will work with the reference design, which has been developed by NHS Lothian’s project team, working closely with staff and patient representatives, to produce a scheme that can be submitted for planning approval. Planning permission in principle was achieved in April 2012.
* The project will deliver NHS Lothian’s vision to create a building which provides a safe, comforting and healing environment, promoting recovery and meeting the needs of patients and their carers. The new facility will be constructed on the site of car park B at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE).
* In addition to improving healthcare facilities for the people of Lothian and beyond, the project will generate significant economic benefits for the local community in both the long and short term. From providing employment and training opportunities during the construction phase to contributing to the BioQuarter by adding to the facilities and areas of expertise.