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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.