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Double jackpot: HOK picks up Parliament and Papworth projects

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HOK has scooped two of the highest profile projects in the UK in the space of a week after landing the proposed overhaul of Parliament and the new Papworth hospital job

According to reports, HOK bagged the £1 billion revamp of the grade I-listed Palace of Westminster on Friday (6 December) as part of the AECOM and Deloitte team beating consortia which included Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, Donald Insall Architects, HLM, and conservation specialists Purcell.

Meanwhile it has emerged that the practice, ranked 37th in this year’s AJ100, was also in the Skanska-led PFI consortium which was chosen as preferred bidder on the £206million project to ‘design, build and maintain’ the new Papworth Hospital when it relocates to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (pictured).

Although it remains subject to approvals from the Department of Health and HM Treasury, the team was selected ahead of a rival bid by BDP and Bouygues with HOK’s concept scheme being hailed as a ‘fantastic clinical design’ by the hospital’s chief executive Stephen Bridge(see CN 05.12.13).

Bridge told the AJ’s sister publication Construction News he was confident of reaching financial close on the scheme, despite what he admitted was an ‘overly bureaucratic’ process that had resulted in the scheme going through multiple layers of approval up to this point

Bridge said the decision was ‘an important milestone in the ten-year project to move to our new site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus’.

He said the Department of Health had cleared the business case to be forwarded to the Treasury for approval.

‘The clinical, research and economic case for the new Papworth Hospital is beyond doubt and we look forward to relocating to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is fast becoming one of the most vibrant biomedical communities in the world.’

Construction of the 310-bed facility was originally due to begin in late 2012, with completion scheduled for late 2015. When this timetable slipped, the hospital trust originally expected approval in April 2013.

Papworth Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust confirmed it did not expect to sign a contract with the preferred bidder until summer 2014, with the hospital not open to patients until early 2017.


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