Update on the new Royal – October 2019

Following the merger of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, into Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the new Royal remains a priority.

We are committed to delivering the state of the art facilities that our patients need and the world class hospital we’ve all been waiting for. In addition, we remain committed to providing regular updates on progress as we move to completion of the new Royal.

There are currently around 60 contractors and over 385 workers on site. Construction is progressing well and work on the structural issues is ongoing. This work involves providing the 220 cubic metres of concrete reinforcements required to the structure. To help understand this complex process and reassure you that every measure is being taken to ensure the building is finished to the high standards required, we have created this short film for social media.

The other key element of the remedial works is installing 165 tonnes of new fabricated steelwork parts, which will start in the coming months.

The solution for the areas of external cladding that need to be removed is still being worked through with specialist advisors. There are significant challenges in ensuring that the existing cladding system can be fixed to meet compliance and the options being looked at have varying impact on the timescale and costs. When this solution is confirmed, we will have the full costs and timescales.

We are working extremely hard to scrutinise contracts with the aim of getting the best value for money for the NHS and ultimately for the tax payer.

You may be aware that the National Audit Office is investigating the rescue of Carillion’s PFI hospital contracts and we have assisted the NAO in its investigation. The NAO report is due to be published next month. 

In addition, we have taken legal advice for potential legal redress to the inherited issues on the project.

In the meantime, Laing O’Rourke is finishing a number of ‘exemplar rooms’. These will be used to benchmark the standard throughout the hospital and will help to illustrate the state of the art facilities that we are all working hard to deliver for our patients and staff.

For background information on events surround the delay to the new Royal click here.


Some recent work photos from the new Royal:

Cranes outside the new Royal


Pour 2 completed and preparation for por 2b well underway and ready for pour early October. This will also include 1st pour to the bottom half of the column G/L Ed/309 where the removal of the final section of render to the courtyard was removed to enable progress of the works.

Concrete pouring being examined.


Scaffolding around the exterior of the new Royal.


Installation of Vapour Seal / Lagging.


Further scaffolding around the exterior.


Works on the electrics in theatres.


Reinforcing some existing beams.


Here are some of our other recent new Royal updates:

September 2019

July 2019

The rest can be found on the news section of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen's website here.