Consortium building new hospital provides construction update

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IHS Lothian Ltd, the consortium building the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, has informed NHS Lothian that they are reviewing the construction timetable for the project.

IHS Lothian Ltd is yet to provide a revised programme however early indications suggest that the building will now open to patients in spring 2018, as opposed to autumn 2017 as previously stated.

It comes after two of the companies working on construction of the hospital entered administration and provisional liquidation, respectively, resulting in a temporary pause to their work streams. Progress has also been hindered by unfavourable winter weather and unavoidable technical construction problems.

Whilst IHS Lothian Ltd has been able to lessen the impacts of some of these issues, with, increased staffing and working hours along with altered construction methods, they are now looking at a revised programme schedule.

Jim Crombie, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: “We will continue to work closely with IHS Lothian Ltd to ensure that our state of the art new hospital is delivered as soon as possible.

“Projects of this scale and, of this nature, are very rarely straightforward and bring with them many complex and sometimes unavoidable challenges. It is important to note that these alterations to the construction timetable will not result in any additional costs to NHS Lothian.

“Whilst this change is frustrating for our patients and staff, we must not forget that construction of this impressive new building is continuing and that much work has already been achieved. In addition, the project has already created a host of new entrant jobs for local people, including apprentices and graduate opportunities.”

We anticipate receiving a revised construction programme from IHS Lothian Ltd in October and in the meantime building work continues on site.
Notes to Editor
• The Dunne Group, responsible for construction of the concrete frame, ground works and associated support services such as tower cranes, recently entered administration, resulting in a temporary pause to this work stream. More recently JB Brickwork, providing materials and labour to construct brickwork services, entered provisional liquidation.

• The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model. More information on the NPD funding model can be found on the Scottish Futures Trust website:

• IHS Lothian Ltd is the partner company selected to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital. IHS Lothian Ltd consists of Macquarie Capital as sole sponsor and exclusive financial advisor, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe (Design and Build Contractor) and Bouygues E&S (Facilities Management provider).

• Construction work started on the building in February 2015.

• The new £150 million co-located building will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a modern and high-quality setting at Little France. The six storey building (including basement) will have a large atrium, a stunning skylight linking both hospital entrances, a helipad on the roof and a link building adjoining adult (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh) and paediatric emergency departments. It will also bring with it an increase in single rooms with ensuite facilities and a range of new technologies. More information about the project can be found at: