New Edinburgh children's hospital plans unveiled

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is being built under the Scottish Futures Trust

Images of Edinburgh's new children's hospital have been released, as officials said the project had reached a major milestone.

Integrated Health Solutions Lothian have been announced as the preferred bidder to design, build and maintain the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

The Department of Neurosciences will also be at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site in Little France.

Work is to start in the autumn with the hospital opening in summer 2017.

Susan Goldsmith, NHS Lothian's director of finance, said: "The selection of a preferred bidder follows an extensive and thorough evaluation process.

"This announcement marks a major milestone in what is an extremely exciting project for the people of Lothian and beyond.

"The development will prove significant in shaping the future of care by bringing children's, maternity and adult services together on the same site.

"It will build on the existing centre of excellence, creating a major trauma centre and providing opportunities for sharing experience, expertise and research."

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