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Work underway again at new Royal following ‘turbulent’ 11 months

Hospital staff are now “refocusing their attention” on plans for moving into Liverpool’s new Royal now that work is underway again.

Laing O’Rourke has been carrying out surveys of the building and is working to clear the site this month having taken over the project from collapsed construction firm Carillion.

New signage is being installed to establish the development as a Laing O’Rourke building site and the firm, which has been working with advisors from architects NBBJ and structural engineers Arup, is planning for early works to really gather pace from 3 December.

A four-month phase will see the completion of the security room for the new Royal, which will be used to monitor CCTV throughout the new hospital building during the construction period.

Laing O’Rourke will also begin working to modify the ventilation system in theatres’ anaesthetic rooms – a requirement which was identified during Carillion’s tenure although remedial works were not completed.

The phase will also see work being undertaken to gain access to areas of the structure requiring remedial works that are identified in Arup’s structural review.

Additionally, a review of the existing lighting installation, where the energy saving system is not yet fully operational, is expected to be completed in February and will enable lights to be turned off when areas of the building are not occupied.

Laing O’Rourke, which is also scheduled to complete work on Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in spring 2020, will provide a detailed construction programme in the new year setting out a timescale for handover in 2020.

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is also working with the construction company through the procurement process, with around 140 works package contractors who were previously employed on site.

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the trust, says: “After such a challenging and turbulent time over the last 11 months, we are glad to see work begin back on the site and we are looking forward to the new year with fresh optimism.

“With Laing O’Rourke and others in place, more contractors to follow in the coming months and work returning to the site, our staff are now refocusing their attention on our plans for moving in.

“We can all look forward positively to getting into the new Royal and seeing our aspirations for providing world class facilities and a platform for a global life sciences hub, to the people of Liverpool, come to life.”

Andy Thomson, Laing O’Rourke’s project director, adds: “The team is now mobilising with important early work already underway. The pace of delivery will grow in the New Year and all involved are energised and committed to completing the new Royal for the people of Liverpool.”