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BDP wins record-breaking PFI project

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BDP, working with Laing O'Rourke, has picked up the biggest ever healthcare Private Finance Initiative job outside the capital.

The bid team will oversee the wholesale redevelopment of three sites belonging to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL).

Formed in April 2000 following the merger of Glenfield, Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary, UHL is one of the largest acute teaching hospital trusts in England, employing over 11,000 staff.

The scheme demands the modernisation and refurbishment of all three of the Leicester hospitals.

At the General Hospital, a new masterplan will be developed, containing a state-of-the-art centre for planned care and rehabilitation. At Glenfield, the scheme will double the amount of clinical accommodation, with a new women's hospital and renal and urology service.

BDP project director Martin Sutcliffe said the scale of the job was astonishing. 'The consortium's bid was submitted as one of two in December 2004, and we are enormously pleased to have heard that we are on the winning side,' he said.

'While the BDP team is based in our Manchester office, we have had input from other BDP offices in Dublin, Sheffield and Belfast, together with our BDP International colleagues from the Groupe 6 practice in France, making this a truly firm-wide effort.

'The involvement of Groupe 6 represents the groundbreaking application of mainland European hospital design principles in the UK,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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