Broadford Community Hospital

Published 20th June 2023

We provided civil and structural engineering design services for this 3,500 sqm new build facility in Broadford on the Isle of Skye.  The award-winning community hospital for NHS Highland and hub North consolidates services from the existing Dr Mackinnon Hospital and Portree Hospital into a purpose-built Community Hospital. 

The facility serves a population of 14,300, which can grow to over 30,000 when tourism peaks. The new hospital reflects the Scottish Government’s 2020 Vision for Health and NHS Highland’s Care Strategy.

The facility benefits from an emergency unit, out-patient department, therapy clinic, 24 bed inpatient ward along with x-ray and maternity departments. The project further enhances NHS Highlands ambition of providing more accessible healthcare in the remote and rural communities and supports an increase in the use of virtual assessment

Situated between the existing Dr Mackinnon Hospital to the north, the Medical Centre to the south and, with a significant slope towards the east, the restricted site posed a number of engineering challenges. Our team developed a comprehensive earthworks strategy to ensure that a balanced cut/fill could be achieved.  

Our team also provided pre-planning support services of transportation, acoustics, ecology, hydrology and geo-environmental. Our team engaged in extensive consultation with SEPA and the Local Authority to agree proposals for a CARR license and watercourse diversion to the north of the site. 

The successful completion of Broadford Hospital follows the handover of Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital in Aviemore in 2021, in a collective £40 million hub North Scotland development on behalf of NHS Highland. The hospital in Aviemore also picked up the same award for ‘Healthcare Development of the Year’ in the 2022 Scottish Property Awards.

The project was awarded Healthcare Development of The Year at the 2021 Scottish Property Awards.

Client: hub North for NHS Highland

Architect: Oberlanders