Glasgow Southern General
A £550 million contract to build Scotland' largest hospital has been awarded to the firm behind the new Wembley Stadium, health officials are set to announce.
Australian construction giant Brookfield, now known as Multiplex, beat two other bids to win the right to work on the South Glasgow Hospital, which will replace the city's Southern General within the next five years.
The official announcement will be made this morning but the Herald has been told the deal is already agreed.
Funded entirely from the public purse, the new hospital will be part of a massive "health village" with 1100 beds, all in single-room accommodation and 20 'state of the art' operating theatres.
The Sydney based firm sparked controversy when it won the Wembley contract and finished the project late and over-budget. Multiplex had serious problems with their Wembley build which was finished two years late and £300m over budget.
We can only cross our fingers that the people of Glasgow don't suffer these kind of problems with their new, shiny. high-tech hospital which is badly needed.
Why there wasn't a Scottish firm which could build this at a competitive price worries me. We have the construction industry constantly shouting about lack of business, yet they've been outbid by the Australians.
The Scottish government must ensure every nook and cranny is covered with regard to the contract. Anything less will possibly come back to bite them.