Three construction firms have been shortlisted to take on the contract to build a new £300 million hospital in Teesside.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has named Brookfield Multiplex Europe, Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras and Laing O'Rourke as the companies that could take on this development that would see a new health facility built in the north-east of England. The construction phase of the hospital will be unique as it will be the very first time that it is supported by pension fund loans generated by the trust. It will be available to serve patients from Hartlepool, Stockton and parts of nearby Easington and Sedgefield.

Officials at the trust explained that it has been inundated from a wide variety of construction firms that wished to take on the project but Brookfield, Iridium and Laing O'Rourke offered the best technical and financial standing. The former has already been involved in the creation of a hospital in Peterborough and is also in the building phase of a similar facility in Glasgow. Laing O'Rourke and Iridium both have experience of undertaking a project of this ilk with the latter conducting the majority of developments in Spain.

Alan Foster, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation chief executive, told the Hartlepool Mail: “Building any scheme of this size and complexity is not without its challenges. However, the trust’s project team is experienced and will manage all of the challenges to get the best outcome for local people.

“It is very exciting to at last be on our way to bringing a state-of-the-art-hospital to our local area.”

It comes at a time when the health service is going through a number of changes with the government detailing various plans for the future. Ministers recently unveiled a significant savings drive which aims to preserve £20 billion from the NHS' budget by 2015 and it has caused concern among officials over a loss of jobs. However, this latest development will be able to provide a much needed boost to the service and patients in the north-east of England.

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