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NBBJ and HKS bag Royal Liverpool Hospital job

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American-based outfits NBBJ and HKS have beaten a team featuring Sheppard Robson to land the £335 million redevelopment of the Royal Liverpool Hospital

The Hospital Co design partnership led by US big hitters practices NBBJ Architects and HKS has been selected in a preferred bidder team to build the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a £335 million Public Private Partnership project.

The partnership edged out the Horizon Consortium featuring Sheppard Robson, JCA, Estudio Lamel and Aidhos ARQUITEC for the project, which will replace the current 1960s teaching hospital with a new building featuring en-suite single rooms and improved public transport access.

The new hospital will be the largest in the country with 646 beds, 18 operating theatres and one of the largest emergency departments in the North West.

The new complex will feature an underground car park for patients and visitors, a dedicated cycle centre and ten electric car charging points. It will also comprise renewable energy systems, low carbon technology, water meters and leak detection systems in what construction manager Carillion claims will be one of the greenest hospital projects in the UK.

The new hospital will be built next to the existing structure which will be knocked down once services have been transferred. 

Aidan Kehoe, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘The Royal is at the very heart of our City and the creation of a world-class, cutting-edge hospital will transform healthcare in Liverpool.’

‘It means that we can create the Liverpool BioCampus, which will spearhead the transformation of the Knowledge Quarter into a bustling and cosmopolitan hub. It is a unique opportunity to put the City on the world-stage, along with cities like Boston and Singapore.’

Financial close on the project is expected in January 2014 and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The government announced initial backing for the scheme in June 2010.

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