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New Papworth Hospital

New Papworth Hospital

The vision for the new Papworth Hospital is to build a 310-bed, purpose-built hospital, with virtually 100% single rooms, and a research and education institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

We aim to have a landmark building of which patients, public and staff will be proud, and to provide modern facilities that will provide a first-class environment for patients and the highest quality care.

The project has unanimous support from NHS organisations across the spectrum including the Strategic Health Authority, Monitor and the Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) as well as the full support of the Board of Governors.

The co-location of Papworth Hospital with the other organisations on the Biomedical Campus will bring benefits to our patients as they will have immediate access to a range of services and also bring opportunities in terms of research and education on which the treatments of tomorrow will be based.

The PFI process involves two years to finalise the contract with the selected PFI partner and a further three years for construction and commissioning. The estimated cost of the building is approximately £165 million.

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The new Papworth Hospital project was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union on 3 August 2010 and a successful information event was held for potential private-sector bidders in early September 2010. Following a detailed evaluation of initial expressions of interest from six PFI consortia, three consortia were short-listed to work with the Trust on plans for the new hospital.

Following a competitive process under EU legislation, the three consortia shortlisted in November 2010 presented their interim bids to design, build, finance and maintain the New Papworth Hospital. After a detailed evaluation of the bids, two consortia were selected to proceed to the next stage of the procurement process:

  • The Bouygues Consortium comprising Bouygues UK Limited, Ecovert FM Limited
  • Skanska comprising Skanska Infrastructure Investment UK Limited, Skanska Construction UK Limited, Skanska Facilities Services, OCS.

The project team at Papworth Hospital has worked with the two consortia and following a rigorous evaluation of bids received from two consortia, Skanska has been selected to lead the consortium to design, build and maintain the new Papworth Hospital when it relocates to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. OCS, a member of the consortium, will provide support services such as catering and cleaning.

While the two bids were both very comprehensive the assessment of the bids followed a very robust process which resulted in the selection of the consortium led by Skanska.

It is anticipated that the construction will commence in Autumn 2014. The construction phase is expected to be complete by early 2017.


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