Friday, 28 February 2014

Contract awarded for community hospital

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has announced Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder for the new Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital to be built within the grounds of Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine.

The facility will provide 206 beds for people who need a level of care and rehabilitation that can only be provided by a stay in hospital, including adult acute mental health; mental health and addiction rehabilitation; elderly mental health; long-term care and rehabilitation for older people; and outpatient clinics and treatments.

The development, costing £47m, is being funded through the Non-Profit Distributing model, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust on behalf of the SNP Scottish Government.

Staff from NHS Ayrshire & Arran will now work with Balfour Beatty's Design Team to finalise plans for the development.

Derek Lindsay, Director of Finance and Senior Responsible Officer for the project, said, “After a robust procurement process, we are confident we have made the right decision. Balfour Beatty's final tender offers a high-quality design and therapeutic environment. We are looking forward to working with them to provide the people of Ayrshire and Arran with the very best facility possible.”

Stephen Gordon, Scotland Director for Balfour Beatty Investments, added, “The company is delighted to be announced as the preferred bidder for the new Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital. We very much look forward to working with NHS Ayrshire & Arran in developing our proposals further and delivering the new facility for the community of Ayrshire and Arran.”

Scotland’s Health Secretary, SNP MSP Alex Neil, welcomed the latest development in the project, saying. “The announcement of Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder for the new community hospital in Ayrshire is a key milestone in ensuring the local community have access to state of the art facilities.

“This new hospital will help NHS Ayrshire & Arran achieve its goal of shifting the balance of care towards the community, so that patients can receive quality care as close to home as possible. Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and this development is part of a £750m programme of new health infrastructure across Scotland.”

Construction of the new hospital is due to start this summer, with the facility expected to open in spring 2016.

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