The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has chosen two bidders to go through to the final stage of the competition to design the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Carillion and Horizon will now go forward to the last hurdle, with the overall winner due to be announced next spring.
Horizon is a consortium from Interserve, John Laing and FCC Construcción.
Judith Greensmith, trust chairman and design champion, said: "We are very excited to have reached another milestone on the journey to the new Royal. We chose these bidders because we felt they offered the best overall proposal for the new facility. We want to make sure that the hospital allows us to offer 21st century care for our patients in a building that our city can be proud of and we are really looking forward to working with Carillion and Horizon over the next few months as we choose our final bidder. " Subject to NHS and Department of Health approval and planning permission, the contract for the new hospital will be signed and work will start on site in early 2013.