NEC3 Contract Projects: NHS – Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital

In a recent article in this series, we looked into the Thames Tideway Tunnel – one of the biggest construction projects in Europe managed with an NEC3 contract. In this article we will be looking at one of the most prominent and talked about NEC3 contract managed redevelopment construction projects currently in the NHS; The Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The History

The Great Ormond Street Hospital is quite possibly one of the most prolific hospitals in the world. It specialises in children’s health, opened on 14th February 1852 with only 10 beds, and perhaps most famously received the copyright to Peter Pan in 1929 which has provided a significant amount of funding for the hospital over the years.

Back in 2002, a significant redevelopment of the hospital started, with a total estimated budget of £343m. The purpose of the redevelopment is to aid in delivering treatment in a more comfortable and modern manner, increase the bed capacity, and reduce any potentially unnecessary inpatient admissions.

The Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the hospital is split into four phases, carried out over a 20 year period. At the end of 2016, halfway through this redevelopment, phase 2B, The Premier Inn Clinical Building has been completed, allowing parents to stay close to their children during trying times.

Phase 3A has now started with the construction company Skanska securing a £60m NEC3 contract with the hospital to build the Zayed Centre which will specialise in research into rare diseases in children. Skanska will be responsible for the design, construction and the electrical and mechanical layout of the facility, to be completed in late 2018.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Masterplan

Being only half way through the 20 year redevelopment agenda, the future innovation in the further construction projects for the hospital will become more exciting and intricate. NEC3 contract tenders like the recent one lost by Bouygues after a disagreement with budget and costings, won by Skanska will be very prominent in the construction industry.

The plans for phase 4 of ‘the masterplan’ have already started being discussed, with a total budget of £190m for the final stage a redevelopment. The hospital trust has already published a contract notice in the EU Official Journal for a multi-disciplinary design team and prime contractor for the final stage; a new entrance building of 23,000m2, offering a more friendly and inviting environment for new arrivees.


Keep an eye out for the next in our series of current and prominent NEC3 contracted projects, and if you would like to read more about one, please let us know! If you would like to know more about how we can help with your NEC3 contracted project, please feel free to get in contact for a chat.

If you would like to learn more about the fantastic work at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, or would like to make a donation, you can do so here.