Preferred bidder announced for new community hospital

An artist's impression of the new hospital.
An artist's impression of the new hospital.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has announced Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder for the new Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital being built on the Ayrshire Central Hospital site.

The facility will provide 206 beds for people who need a level of care and rehabilitation that can only be provided by a stay in hospital, including: adult acute mental health; mental health and addiction rehabilitation; elderly mental health; long-term care and rehabilitation for older people; and outpatient clinics and treatments.

The development, which will cost £47 million, is being funded using the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model, which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Over the next couple of months, NHS Ayrshire & Arran staff will work with Balfour Beatty’s Design Team to finalise the detailed design of the development.

Derek Lindsay, Director of Finance and Senior Responsible Officer for the project, said: “After a robust procurement process, we are confident that we have made the right decision. Balfour Beatty’s final tender offers a high quality design and therapeutic environment. We are looking forward to working with them to provide the people of Ayrshire and Arran the very best facility possible.”

Stephen Gordon, Scotland Director for Balfour Beatty Investments, said: “Balfour Beatty is delighted to be announced as the preferred bidder for the new Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital. We very much look forward to working with NHS Ayrshire & Arran in developing our proposals further and delivering the new facility for the community of Ayrshire and Arran.”

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “The announcement of Balfour Beatty Investments Limited as the preferred bidder for the new community hospital in Ayrshire is a key milestone in ensuring that the local community have access to state of the art facilities.

“This new hospital will help NHS Ayrshire & Arran achieve its goal of shifting the balance of care towards the community, so that patients can receive quality care as close to home as possible. Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and this development is part of a £750 million programme of new health infrastructure across Scotland.”

Kerry Alexander, NPD Programme Director at Scottish Futures Trust said: “Being able to appoint a preferred bidder in little over a year is practically unheard of but is what makes NPD unique. The new hospital will be one of the largest building projects in the area and will be a massive boost to many local businesses when construction starts.”

Construction is expected to start in summer 2014 with the new facility expected to open in spring 2016.

A number of staff and public information sessions will be held in the coming months to provide more details on the development.