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Sick Kids Hospital Edinburgh Building

Edinburgh Healthcare Development, Scotland: Delay News + Architecture Info

23 Aug 2016

Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh

Sick Kids Hospital Edinburgh Delay News

23 Aug – The opening of a £150m hospital in Edinburgh has been delayed by at least six months after construction firms entered administration and provisional liquidation.

Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Edinburgh

IHS Lothian Ltd, the consortium building the £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, has informed NHS Lothian that they are reviewing the construction timetable for the project which was scheduled to open autumn 2017.

Royal Hospital for Sick Kids Edinburgh

The consortium is yet to provide a revised programme however NHS Lothian said early indications suggest that the building will now open to patients in spring 2018.

The announcement comes after Dunne Group and JB Brickwork, two of the companies working on construction of the hospital, entered administration and provisional liquidation respectively resulting in a temporary pause to their work streams. Progress has also been hindered by unfavourable winter weather and unavoidable technical construction problems.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh

The Dunne Group, which was responsible for construction of the concrete frame, ground works and associated support services such as tower cranes, entered into administration last month. More recently JB Brickwork, which provided materials and labour to construct brickwork services, entered provisional liquidation.

3 Apr 2012

Sick Kids Edinburgh Building News

Sick Kids Hospital at Little France

Further delays possible for the building of a new Sick Kids Hospital, after it emerged that a key land swap deal has yet to be signed. The hospital was originally to open later in 2012, but with the construction contract not even out for tender, the whole project could be put in jeopardy by the repeated delays, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

NHS Lothian had hoped to advertise the contract to build the £250 million new hospital at Little France by the end of March, but first it needs to reclaim the land occupied by the main car park from PFI firm Consort, which runs the ERI.

The children’s hospital and Department of Clinical Neurosciences are to be built on that plot because it is adjacent to the ERI, and will enable the two sites to be linked. NHS Lothian will then build a new car park on nearby land and sign it over to Consort.

But for the land swap to go ahead, the agreement of 11 separate banks are needed, and so far only seven have signed up.

The current building in Marchmont is due to be sold.

Sick Kids Edinburgh

Sick Kids Edinburgh
photograph © Adrian Welch

Address: 20 Millerfield Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1LW

Phone: 0131 668 4949

Title: Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Date built: 1897
Architects: Sir George Washington Browne

Location: Sciennes Road, Sciennes, south Edinburgh (just south of The Meadows)

Title: Royal Hospital for Sick Children Extension

Architects: Campbell & Arnott

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