October 6, 2008

Acute Hospital Contract Won By Private Sector Consortium


A PRIVATE sector consortium working in partnership with international property and construction consultancy Cyril Sweett has won the contract to build and run the new acute hospital in the south west of the province.

The Northern Ireland Health Group made up of FCC Construction SA, Allied Irish Bank, Interserve Investments and P Elliott & Co will build, finance and operate the 315-bed acute hospital outside Enniskillen. The hospital will cost Pounds 267m to develop.

It is the first hospital PFI project in the province and Cyril Sweett played a pivotal role in advising the consortium on key aspects of the procurement process.

The hospital will occupy a green field site two miles north of Enniskillen and will include an accident and emergency department, theatres, day procedure, maternity and paediatric units as well as acute service.

The development will also include 121 apartments for key workers.

Stephanie Brada, director of project management at Cyril Sweett, said: "In advising The NIHG on its successful tender application, we were able to draw on over 14 years of PFI experience across more than 50 schemes.

"Combined with our local knowledge of the Northern Ireland market, where we already have a strong presence in Performance Related Partnering Health Centres and Primary Care centres, we were able to meet all of the local stakeholder priorities in order to help create this winning bid."

Brian Furlong, Bid Director at the Northern Ireland Health Group, added: "The acute hospital for the South West will be one of the most modern hospital facilities in the UK. This is a large scale project which will bring improved models of clinical care for people living in the area.

"It will be very much a 21st century healthcare facility and we will be working closely with both Cyril Sweett and The Western Health and Social Care Trust to ensure that this milestone project continues to be driven forward in line with EU procurement rules."

Construction of the hospital is expected to start next year with planned completion scheduled for 2012.

Cyril Sweett's Northern Ireland branch - the consultancy has 29 offices throughout the world - is currently managing a bid for the new Pounds 37m Belfast Metropolitan College at Titanic Quarter.

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