Laing O’Rourke picked for £700m Scottish hospital

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed as the preferred construction partner on a new hospital in Lanarkshire.

The firm will support the delivery of the Monklands Replacement Project (MRP), which will be “Scotland’s first fully digital and net-zero carbon hospital”, according to the client, NHS Lanarkshire.

It is estimated that MRP will cost £700m to build, not including equipment, inflation and VAT costs, and is planned to open in 2031.

Laing O’Rourke healthcare sector leader Rory Pollock said: “We are excited to help bring NHS Lanarkshire’s vision to life, and to deliver a modern, sustainable hospital that will serve the local community for many decades to come.”

The clinical requirements for the new hospital include wards with 100 per cent single-occupancy rooms and a wide range of specialist departments, including endoscopy, infectious diseases and renal.

A planning application for the project has been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council, after the outline business case was approved by the Scottish Government in July.

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed under a preconstruction services agreement and will support the project team in developing the full business case. The team will work with patient groups and clinical teams to further develop the design, construction methodology, cost and programme.

Some of Laing O’Rourke’s apprentices on the recently completed St James Quarter in Edinburgh will be transferred to the Monklands project.

Laing O’Rourke has built 18 hospitals since 2010, including the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which it took over from Carillion.

NHS Lanarkshire director of planning, property and performance Colin Lauder said: “We are excited to take another significant step forward for the project by appointing Laing O’Rourke. It moves us closer to delivering what will be the most advanced hospital in Scotland.”

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