New Royal moves closer

Royal Chief Executive Aidan Kehoe
Royal Chief Executive Aidan Kehoe

The new £425 million Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a step closer after the Treasury and the Deaprtment of Health approved the draft appointment business case.

The next step is to assess the final bids by the two bidders – Carillion and Horizon before a decision in the next few weeks on which will design and build our new hospital.

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive, said: “I am delighted that we are now just weeks away from unveiling the design for our new hospital.

“The new Royal is at the very heart of our city and this is a significant step forward in the creation of our world-class hospital.

“It also brings us one step closer to the creation of the Liverpool BioCampus, which has the potential to transform the city, propelling us onto the world stage along with Boston and Singapore.

“After the bidder is appointed, we will obtain final planning permission and sign contracts, with work on the hospital expected to begin early next year.”

Construction will create around 750 full time jobs as well as apprenticeships for local young people, with a firm commitment to use local labour, materials and services where possible.

It will generate an estimated £240 million for the local economy

The Liverpool BioCampus will create up to 5,000 high tech and well-paid jobs – all contributing to the local economy

It will drive the city’s Knowledge Economy and establish Liverpool as an important international centre for Life Sciences alongside Boston and Singapore.