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RMJM loses key New York hospital job

US practice Perkins Eastman has replaced RMJM on the $251 million (£164m) project to modernise New York’s biggest city-run community health centre

Trouble-hit RMJM – which was served eviction papers before switching New York offices last summer – has been paid $11.9m for work completed on the Gouverneur healthcare facility.

Perkins Eastman has been drafted in to complete design duties on the scheme, which aims to transfer the 1970s-built public hospital into a modern centre for ambulatory and long-term care.

The Madison Street centre is to get a new five-storey ambulatory care centre and a 295-bed nursing facility as part of the scheme.

But originally valued at $180m and scheduled for completion in 2012, the project has faced cost and programme overruns, with construction still underway.

RMJM group commercial director Declan Thompson last summer insisted the practice was looking to grow its New York office, but it is understood the studio now has less than ten staff.

He told AJ when RMJM switched offices in the city in August 2012: ‘The new space has the capacity for 60 people and we have the intention of taking up the rest of the floor, meaning we could go up to 150 staff.

‘I have no doubt that this time next year New York will be twice the size it is now.’

A spokesman for the Dormitory Authority State of New York said: “Perkins Eastman has replaced RMJM as the architect on the Gouverneur Healthcare Services Major Modernization Project.”

No reason was given for the decision. Both RMJM and Perkins Eastman declined to comment

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