Healthcare delivery in Caithness boosted by two new community hubs

16 August 2023

Situated in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, the community in Caithness is set to receive a welcome healthcare boost through two new community hub and care villages in Wick and Thurso. Delivered by hub North on behalf of NHS Highland, these new facilities form part of a wider drive to reshape health and social care services across the region.

The community hub and care village developments bring together services and teams currently located in multiple facilities across Wick and Thurso, providing community and residential care beds, a GP practice, outpatient consulting, therapy space and a base for community integrated teams.

Working closely with Norr Architects and Rybka, Waterman’s structures experts will deliver consultancy services for the schemes. With sustainability high on the agenda, the design team is exploring renewable energy sources and are collaborating to create a low environmental impact design as part of the UK-wide drive to meet Net Zero Carbon targets.

In a recent statement, Louise Bussell Director of Nursing and Senior Responsible Officer for the Caithness redesign, said: “We are delighted to welcome NORR, Rybka and Waterman to the team to design these much-needed facilities which are key enablers to the delivery of more sustainable services in Caithness. These two hubs represent an investment of over £55 million, and are part of a wider programme of transformational change to adult health and social care services in the area.”

Alun Rae, Waterman’s Director for Structures, commented: “We are delighted to join the team tasked with delivering these new community hubs and care villages in Wick and Thurso. We’re looking forward to supporting hub North and NHS Highland once again, helping them transform adult health and social care services across the region.” This appointment follows our Scotland team’s award-winning designs at Broadford Community Hospital and Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital, which were also delivered by hub North.