Published: 27/05/2004, Volume II4, No. 5907 Page 8

Planning applications have been submitted for the biggest private finance initiative hospital building scheme in the UK.

Proposals for the redevelopment of Bart's and the Royal London hospitals, part of Barts and the London trust, have been submitted to the Corporation of London and Tower Hamlets council. If they are given the goahead, building is expected to begin next year.

The£1bn redevelopment will provide general and specialist services to the population of east London. One of the two tall glass buildings being planned for the Royal London will provide a new helipad for London's Helicopter Emergency Medical Service which is based at the hospital.

Trust chief executive Paul White told HSJ: 'This redevelopment is double the size of the biggest PFI scheme to date. We have been working closely with the planners from the two local authorities, so we do not foresee any major changes to the plans.'