Plans for the new hospital in Broadford took a step forward this week.
NHS Highland Board signed a £40 million contract with North Scotland Ltd to design and build the community hospital, along with one in Aviemore.
Construction of the Broadford hospital is due to start mid-August, with the completion date scheduled for spring 2021.
Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of strategic commissioning, planning and performance, said: “We are delighted to achieve this significant milestone which marks the start of construction of two exciting new hospitals for the communities of Badenoch & Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross.
“This substantial investment in our estate will act as a springboard to enable the redesign of health and care services in these localities. I look forward to the construction work getting underway and to see the two new hospitals begin to take shape over the coming months.”
Michael Padzinski, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “A lot of hard work has been carried out by all the stakeholders to reach this crucial stage. We are now looking forward to working together to deliver two top-class health facilities, which will bring huge benefits to these communities.”
Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the main building contractor. The facilities are designed by architects Oberlanders and Rural Design; mechanical, electrical & plumbing contractor Rybka, and civil and structural engineers Waterman Ltd.