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Aecom appointed on Royal Liverpool scheme

Aecom has been brought in as a consultant on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital development.

The consultant has been appointed to the role to oversee the completion of the job, as well as the remedial work being carried out by contractor Laing O’Rourke.

A Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust board statement said it had appointed Aecom as a clerk of works, while work continues to “finalise the cost to complete the new Royal” before its upcoming business case and submission to NHS Improvement.

A date of completion for the project is still unknown, but a Royal Liverpool Trust spokeswoman told Construction News that the business case is currently set to go to the trust’s board in October and will then be sent for sign-off by NHS Improvement.

After Carillion went into administration in January last year, a significant number of defects were found in the work it had carried out on the project, and work has since been stalled.

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust CEO Peter Williams said of the board papers: “Work is also continuing to address the structural issues; the third and fourth floors have been stripped out to enable this.

“We are taking great care to ensure there is appropriate scrutiny and governance of this project, which the trust is now responsible for.”

Aecom healthcare and science sector director for UK and Ireland, Richard Mann, said that having previously worked with the trust for 14 years, Aecom is well placed to “support the final stages of this critical infrastructure project”.

Mr Mann said: “We are looking forward to collaborating closely with the Trust’s partners and the hospital board to ensure local communities and the wider generation benefit from this new build.”

The trust is procuring over 140 packages of works, covering “everything from structural works to taps”, which all require approval from the NHS Improvement.

Last week, it was revealed that one of the subcontractors that had worked on the scheme under Carillion, Antrim-based M&E firm Blackbourne Integrated, had fallen into administration.

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