A consortium led by John Laing has been named as preferred bidder for the £230m redevelopment of a hospital in Southern England.

John Laing and its partners, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Interserve, have been chosen for the Pembury Hospital scheme in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The scheme comprises the construction of a new 650,000 sq ft Pembury Hospital for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Turst under a 30-year concession.

The safest hospital in the country

The new hospital, which the NHS is calling ‘the safest hospital in the country’, will be the first NHS acute hospital to provide all inpatient accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms, and construction will begin in 2008.

Graham Goddard, estates development director of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, said: ‘Working together with the National Patient Safety Agency and our partnership with the John Laing consortium has made possible what we believe will be the safest hospital in the country.’