FIVE companies have been invited to tender for the building of the new specialist emergency care cetre in Cramlington.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has shortlisted the five companies after receiving 300 expressions of interest following an advert in the European press.
Following a rigorous evaluation five companies with valid expressions of interest were selected.
Northumbria is committed to employing local contractors wherever possible bringing nearly £3m each month into the local economy.
It is expected that the five companies involved will send their tenders to Northumbria by May 21, which will then be evaluated in a thorough process involving estates staff and independent assessors and the final selection will be made in June.
Director of estates Brian Griggs said: “This is a massive step forward in the building of the new hospital for the people of North Tyneside and Northumberland. This development will also give a much needed financial boost to the local economy by using workers and suppliers from the area.
“We will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation of the tenders to ensure we have the best people for the job of building this state-of-the-art hospital and we are hoping to appoint the company in June.”
Work is due to start on the site in the summer.