New Build Community Hospitals in the Highlands
Two new build community hospitals, driven by NHS Highland, are part of a new initiative to reshape health and social care services across the region. With a combined construction value of £30 million, the new facilities will be located on the Isle of Skye and in Aviemore, serving the communities of Badenoch & Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross.
Both projects are being designed, built, financed and maintained by hub North Scotland Limited for NHS Highland, through a public-private partnership initiative set up by the Scottish Futures Trust. The development will combine and centralise multiple health and social care services and fulfil key requirements of functionality, flexibility, aesthetic quality and sustainability whilst being delivered within the affordability caps.
With both sites located in attractive small communities, the new buildings will be among the largest structures in the immediate area, and while the focus will be on providing services to patients, the new infrastructure and buildings will be for many, the most visible and tangible element of the design.
New ‘hub’ on Skye, Lochalsh & South West Ross
The new ‘hub’ will replace the existing Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital and the inpatient facilities in Portree Community Hospital. The development will comprise an in-patient ward, A&E department, radiology services, infusion suite, outpatient treatment and maternity services.
Integrating health and social care in Badenoch & Strathspey
The new build in Aviemore will replace the two existing in-patient facilities in the area – Ian Charles in Grantownon-Spey and St Vincent’s in Kingussie – the Aviemore Health Centre and the ‘Scottish Ambulance Service Base’.
The design will allow for integration between the teams whilst enabling health and social care to be delivered from a modern, fit for purpose environment. The development includes in-patient ward, a GP practice, outpatient services, a dental clinic, x-ray facilities, out of hours service and a minor injuries unit.
Civil and structural engineering design
Our Structures team in Scotland has been working with hub North Scotland and NHS Highland in the development of these two projects since early 2016. We carried out due-diligence on the acquisition of the Aviemore site and have now been appointed to deliver civil & structural engineering design services for both new community hospitals. We are working in partnership with Faithful & Gould (Project Management), Oberlanders and Rural Design (Architects), Wardell Armstrong (Landscape Architect), Rybka (Building Services), and Tier 1 Contractor Balfour Beatty.
Waterman is also undertaking pre-planning support through specialist services in transportation, geo-environmental, acoustics, ecology and hydrology for both sites.
Construction is due to begin in early 2019, with project completion anticipated in 2020.
Eric Green, Head of Estates, NHS Highland, said: “We look forward to delivering high-quality facilities that the communities of Badenoch and Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross can be proud of.”
Alun Rae, Director of Structures in Scotland, commented; “The new hospitals will enhance health and social care provision across the communities and we are honoured to play our part in delivering these exciting projects which are great contributions to our growing healthcare portfolio.”