We continue to work closely with The Hospital Company (Liverpool), and key stakeholders to get construction work on the new Royal restarted.
Discussions between The Hospital Company (Liverpool) and a new contractor to take on the management contract are at a very advanced stage and the Trust is reviewing their proposals. As part of these discussions we have expressed our expectation that the contribution of trade unions on site will be recognised.
The discussions regarding the contract for FM services are also at a very advanced stage. We recognise that FM workers are understandably frustrated that this hasn’t yet been resolved and we have thanked them for their patience and continued good work. The FM management team is keeping its staff informed and we are working with The Hospital Company (Liverpool) to implement a solution as soon as possible. The official receiver has guaranteed that workers will continue to be paid until June. By this time we expect the new company that is being established by The Hospital Company (Liverpool), to be in place.
We are doing everything we can to find a resolution to both the construction and the FM situation created by Carillion’s liquidation. We are working with local politicians and other key stakeholders and would like to thank them for their continued support.
In anticipation of construction restarting, work continues onsite to test systems and protect the building. Our redevelopment team and clinical colleagues have been checking the rooms to ensure that they comply with specification, with around 200 rooms checked so far. Over 2,000 visits by members of staff have taken place and staff continue to help orientate themselves, using this extra time to enhance our preparations for moving in.
We remain confident that the new Royal will be completed and will update you as soon as the date to restart construction work has been agreed.