Laing O’Rourke has been named the preferred contractor to rebuild University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie. The construction cost has been estimated at c. €816m. The total project cost will be determined at the full business case stage next year following the completion of planning permission and detailed design.
Laing O’Rourke has signed a pre-construction services agreement (PCSA), joining the team to help progress the project from the concept stage through delivery to opening. The first task is to finalise the design, construction methodology, cost and programme.
The outline business case for the new hospital was approved by the Scottish government in July 2023 and a full planning application for the Monklands Replacement Programme has been submitted to the North Lanarkshire Council.
Colin Lauder, NHS Lanarkshire director of planning, property and performance, 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. We have chosen a construction partner with a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.”
Project director Graeme Reid added: “The new facility will be located on a site at Wester Moffat, east of Airdrie, and will provide our clinical staff a new truly modern working environment to help them deliver the best possible care to patients. It will also create economic benefits for the local community and for companies across Lanarkshire and Scotland.”
Laing O’Rourke healthcare sector leader Rory Pollock said: “Early engagement like this, including input to the final design, will enable us to fully harness the value our manufacturing-led operating model brings, providing greater programme, quality and cost certainty to the benefit of NHS Lanarkshire. We will also draw on our experience from other projects to deliver lasting social value. Our project team will work with local schools, colleges and businesses to create education, training and employment opportunities.”