Saskatchewan's long-proposed children's hospital will be built in Saskatoon next to Royal University Hospital, the province says.

On Friday, government officials said there is still much planning to be done, but the outline of what it's calling a "maternal and children's facility" is taking shape.

The project is expected to cost from $100 million to $200 million.

According to the Saskatoon health region's chief executive officer, Maura Davies, the new addition will house services for mothers, newborns and children, and will likely go beside the existing emergency unit at RUH, the province's largest hospital.

Saskatchewan Party finance critic Ken Cheveldayoff said he's happy a site has been chosen, butcriticized the NDP government for not moving faster on a project that won't be built until 2010.

So far, all that has been announced is $1 million for further planning, said Cheveldayoff, the MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs.

The province says it plans to find moneyfor the new hospital in the 2008-2009 budget.