Construction giant Carillion, which is currently building the new Royal Hospital, has today announced it will go into liquidation with £900m of debts.
Commenting on the collapse of Carillion, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Clearly when a company of this size fails there are wide repercussions and the receivers should do all in their power to avoid disruption to vital public services and protect Carillion’s workforce and limit the impacts on the company’s supply chain.
“Although the council has no direct ties with the company, it is clearly involved as a construction partner in the new Royal.
“The hospital’s management team has solid contingency plans in place to complete the project, however I wrote to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, last week before it became clear that Carillion was in trouble.
“I asked him for assurances there will be no further delays to the Royal’s opening and invited him to come up to Liverpool. I stand ready to help the Trust in lobbying the Department of Health to get the project over the line.”