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26 October 2018, 05:51 | Updated: 26 October 2018, 05:54
Bosses at the Royal Liverpool Hospital say work could restart on the city's new hospital, as soon as next month.
All construction stopped on the multi-million pound project when contractors Carillion collapsed.
A statement from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust says:
"The collapse of Carillion created an unprecedented situation with numerous complex legal and commercial issues that we have been working hard to try to find a solution to, alongside the various parties involved.
"We would like to thank our colleagues at the Department of Health and Social Care, the Treasury, The Hospital Company and funders EIB and Legal and General. We would also like to thank our local politicians, in particular our local MP Louise Ellman, our staff, patients and local people, who have supported us throughout this challenging period.
"All parties have been committed to getting an agreement that enables construction to restart as soon as possible. Today our Board of Directors agreed that this could not be achieved within the existing PFI agreement and that this agreement should be terminated after the 30 September ‘long-stop date’.
"We have now reached an agreement in principle with The Hospital Company (Liverpool) on the way forward for the new Royal.
"Subject to detailed Government approvals, and legal agreements being finalised, we intend to have a managed termination process after 30 September, by which the benefit of the analyses and pre-works discussions by the lenders will be transferred to the Trust. This will see The Hospital Company (Liverpool) hand over its contracts for construction, supply chain and facilities management, to the Trust, over the course of the next few months.
"This is now the fastest way in which we can see construction on the new Royal restarted and means we have outlined a process for doing so. This is really positive news for our staff, patients and the people of Liverpool. We now have a solution and can work on moving forward.
"Subject to legal agreements being reached, we could see construction work restart as early as November. If this is the case, we would expect the new Royal to be completed in 2020."