hub North Scotland has announced that Balfour Beatty has been appointed the main ‘tier 1’ contractor for NHS Highland’s proposed new hospital for Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross (in Broadford).
The latest announcements follow on from other recent key milestones for the new hospital with the appointment of the design team and the submission of the pre-planning applications.
As a ‘tier 1’ supplier for hub North Scotland, Balfour Beatty International (North Scotland) will work alongside the project’s design consultants – architectural firms Oberlanders based in Edinburgh and Portree-based Rural Design – who were appointed in June, in conjunction with engineering design firms Waterman Group and Rybka.
The hospital is being produced by hub North Scotland as part of a £30 million design, build, finance and maintain contract for NHS Highland which will see the Skye project ‘bundled’ with a planned hospital in Badenoch and Strathspey (in Aviemore).
Gill McVicar, director of NHS Highland’s North and West operational unit, said: “This is another very exciting step in the process towards developing a new facility for the people of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross. I understand that the contractor will be starting exploratory work on site in the near future.”
hub North Scotland’s chief executive Michael Padzinski said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Highland to develop and deliver these important new facilities for the communities they serve.”
Both hospitals form part of wider redesigns across Badenoch and Strathspey and in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross. The arrangements on Skye will see a new, modern integrated health and social care ‘hub’ in Broadford and a ‘spoke’ facility in Portree with all the inpatient services provided from the ‘hub’.
One of five similar organisations in Scotland, hub North Scotland is the driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects working with partnership and private investors; Scottish Government involvement through the Scottish Futures Trust and some 16 health boards and local authorities across the north of Scotland.