HOSPITAL chiefs say plans to build a new £300m hospital at Wynyard have taken another step forward.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has received a submission from Brookfield Multiplex to design, build and operate the new hospital, which is due to open in 2017.
The trust will work closely with Brookfield Multiplex in the coming months to refine the design and ensure its final bid represents value for money.
Chief executive Alan Foster said: “We were delighted to receive the initial bid from Brookfield Multiplex.
“It’s not unusual for schemes to be working with one bidder at this stage, especially in the current financial climate.
“Brookfield Multiplex is as committed as we are to providing a world class facility at an affordable price that will be a lasting legacy for future generations.
“As well as satisfying ourselves that the scheme is right for this area and affordable, we are also providing as much information as we can to our regulator, the Department of Health and the Treasury, so they can be satisfied at this stage that the scheme is deliverable.”
Brookfield Multiplex is also responsible for the construction and on-going operation of Peterborough City Hospital and is currently on site at New South Glasgow Hospital.
It submitted an initial bid after a series of meetings with doctors, nurses, other health professionals and support staff.
They are now evaluating the bid to make sure it will meet their and their patients’ needs.
It is due to replace the hospitals of Hartlepool and North Tees.