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AECOM appoints cost management director for healthcare

Ian Mitchell

AECOM has appointed a new director of cost management to focusing on healthcare projects and building client relationships in the public sector.

Ian Mitchell joins AECOM from Currie & Brown, where he advised clients and major contractors on PFI bid submissions and Heritage Lottery Fund grant applications.

This week AECOM was named as project manager and cost advisor for the new Elective Care Expansion Programme at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank.

Other high-profile healthcare projects include the Guy’s Cancer Centre in London, UCLH’s new centre for surgery and cancer that includes proton beam therapy facilities and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s Critical Care Centre.

AECOM was appointed project manager and cost adviser for the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank

Some of Ian’s own successful healthcare projects include; Pembury PFI, Manchester Joint Hospitals PFI, St Bernard’s Hospital, Broadmoor Hospital, King’s College Hospital, The London Clinic, Guy’s & St Thomas Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital.

Ian is experienced in all aspects of cost consultancy and has recent experience of project managing the New Engineering Contract for North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust new academic centre.

Ian’s other NEC administration experience was for the Greater London Authority, where he managed the sensitive refurbishment of a Grade II listed building transformed into an education hub and enterprise and community centre with incubator units for start-up businesses for a local youth Trust. He has also acted as contract administrator on a complex Imaging and theatre block for King’s College Hospital.

Jonathan Puddle, head of healthcare UK & Ireland, said: “Ian’s appointment reflects our ongoing investment in healthcare. His cost management expertise and his healthcare experience will be of great value as we continue to deliver major healthcare projects across the UK & Ireland.”

Ian Mitchell added: “Accepting this role is an exciting opportunity for me and I look forward to working with Jonathan and the entire healthcare design team to take the business forward across the region.”

AECOM named project manager and cost adviser for Clydebank hospital expansion

Design, consulting, construction, and management services provider AECOM has been appointed project manager and cost advisor for the new Elective Care Expansion Programme at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank.

The new build expansion project is part of the Scottish Government’s new investment in Elective Care Centres around the country. The scheme, which will be delivered over two phases, will provide new and additional state of the art ophthalmic and orthopaedic service deliveries.

The new unit will offer care for patients needing cataract surgery which is one of NHS Scotland’s key patient demand areas. By offering improved services and facilities, the expansion will help reduce patient waiting times and enhance patient experience.

Phase One will deliver an integrated Ophthalmology unit with its own outpatient consultation and pre-operative assessment areas which will be combined, cataract procedure rooms and an admin area. The current plan is then to refurbish the vacated theatres to create additional general surgery theatres and an additional Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU).

Phase Two will deliver additional theatres for orthopedic surgery and support accommodation.

The appointments derive from AECOM’s winning submission through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework for consultancy services.

The project builds on AECOM’s relationship with the Golden Jubilee Foundation over the past five years, which has seen the company deliver Boiler Upgrading projects and MRI suite re-development, as well as masterplanning services.

Robert Rankin, Health Facilities Scotland Framework manager for AECOM, said: “We are delighted that AECOM has been chosen to be at the forefront of delivery of the Golden Jubilee’s new Elective Care Centre plans. The project wins underline our excellent working relationship with the Golden Jubilee Foundation.”

The project is being delivered by Kier Construction and is planned to open in 2020.

NHS Orkney hospital tops out

NHS Orkney tops out

A ceremony has taken place to mark a major milestone for NHS Orkney’s new flagship hospital and healthcare facility.

The £64 million project will see the development of a purpose built facility to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, two GP practices and the Public Dental Service.

NHS Orkney chief executive, Cathie Cowan, and members of the NHS Orkney Board, formally held the topping out ceremony alongside representatives from Robertson Group.

Cathie Cowan said: “This is a proud moment for NHS Orkney and marks a vital step towards ensuring we can continue to provide high quality care in Orkney for generations to come.

“We are absolutely delighted that this stage of the project has been reached, with our fantastic new facility a step closer to reality. NHS Orkney staff have worked tirelessly to make this happen, and local residents have been incredibly patient and supportive. Once again, my thanks go to the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust for their support in this project.

“This will be a truly first class facility and the benefits it brings shouldn’t be underestimated. On a personal level it is great to see our hospital and healthcare facility take shape. I am in no doubt that this facility will enable us to provide even better care and services, as well as help us attract clinical professionals from across the country and further afield. When I joined NHS Orkney we had a vision to bring where appropriate and safe, more services back to Orkney. I am delighted this vision is now a reality as a result of this significant investment in healthcare here in Orkney.”

Bill Robertson, founder and executive chairman, Robertson Group, added: “Tremendous progress has been made on the new hospital and healthcare facility since work started earlier this year. The topping out ceremony represents a major milestone and brings us one step closer to completing the facility in 2019.

“Many of our businesses have been involved in the project, from Capital Projects to Construction and Facilities Management – and that expertise has been crucial in building a strong partnership with NHS Orkney.

“We have also forged great relationships with the local community, putting them at the heart of the project and providing apprentice and graduate opportunities, not to mention creating opportunities for local SMEs.”

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Keppie Design has been appointed as architects, while AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secured the role of Independent Tester on the project last year.

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2019.

Balfour Beatty signs £55m Forth Valley College construction contract

The New Falkirk Campus is due to commence construction this year

The new Falkirk campus is due to commence construction this year

Balfour Beatty is to deliver the final phase of construction work to the new £55 million Falkirk campus of Forth Valley College.

The infrastructure group will be responsible for the construction of the 20,709 square metre Science and Engineering campus and its associated facilities in Grangemouth, which on completion will become the Forth Valley College headquarters and house over 2,000 full-time students.

The search for a contractor to build the campus began in December last year when the full business case was approved by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. The £83m facility will be located on the college’s former Middlefield site on Grangemouth Road and will include modern, flexible and technology-enabled spaces and will boast industry standard workshops, laboratories and classrooms.

The state-of-the-art campus will also have a Learning Resource Centre, food outlets, hair and beauty salons, conference space and sports facilities. In addition, the campus will be built with sustainability in mind and is aspiring to achieve a BREEAM rating of very good or excellent.

Architectural firm Reiach and Hall, which also designed the College’s new Alloa and Stirling campuses, has been appointed to design the new campus. Other key partners include the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Futures Trust and AECOM.

falkirk-campus-signingBalfour Beatty said it has utilised a range of its in-house capabilities, including mechanical and electrical engineering expertise and specialist geotechnical knowledge to meet the project’s requirements and provide the client with an integrated, sustainable design.

Hector Macaulay, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland, said: “This is another great win for our business in Scotland, and we are delighted to be able to provide over 2,000 students in Falkirk with a stimulating and exciting study environment.

“Throughout the project lifecycle, we will work closely with a variety of key community stakeholders including the Polmont Young Offenders Institution, Forth Valley Community Focus and The Engineering Trust to drive further benefit and deliver on our added social value promises.”

Works are due to commence this Autumn, and at construction peak will employ over 250 individuals including 18 apprenticeship positions and opportunities for 10 long term unemployed people.

Network Rail opens up infrastructure projects to third party firms

euston-landscape-preview-6-1024x545Network Rail is to enable third parties to build and invest in its railway infrastructure projects as part of sweeping new procurement reforms.

Network Rail invests almost £130 million in Britain’s railways every week, with over 15,000 live projects on its books.

A pipeline of opportunities will be published by the end of the year.

Chief executive Mark Carne said the new reforms represent a raft of opportunities for other companies to directly work on Britain’s railway projects and to compete for a slice of this huge market and to potentially deliver further improvements for passengers that otherwise might not happen.

He added that the reforms will also unlock new sources of funding because potential investors will have choices over who delivers projects for them. This will reduce the burden on central government and taxpayers and create new opportunities for passengers and the communities that depend on the railway.

Mr Carne said: “A growing railway drives the economy, jobs and housing and by welcoming open competition into the core of our business we will increase the pace of innovation, creativity and efficiency and could deliver even more improvements to our railway and for the people that use and rely on it every day.

“I am determined to create an environment where innovative third party companies can compete for and directly deliver railway projects. These reforms mark the next stage of Network Rail’s transformation having already decentralised into nine devolved individual businesses.”

Some of the reforms announced by Network Rail include:

  • Publishing a regular pipeline of third party project opportunities
  • Creating a swathe of third party project champions across the country who will work side-by-side with delivery bodies, investors and funders to ensure their projects are successful
  • Creating a clear service level agreement for third parties so they have clarity and reassurance regarding Network Rail’s legal obligations
  • Introducing flexibility to railway standards. Safety, of course, will always be central to our ethos but where we can encourage innovation and reduce costs without compromising our solid safety record, we will explore how we can be more flexible
  • Launching a  rewards scheme where money saved from introducing a new idea or innovation is shared between Network Rail and the company or individual

The reforms have been welcomed by infrastructure giants Balfour Beatty, AECOM and Costain.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty group chief executive, said: “The changes set out are designed to unlock exciting opportunities to invest and improve the UK’s rail network.

“At the same time this should provide a steadier flow of investment, moving away from the stop-go nature of a regulatory cycle, and helping the rail supply chain to invest in the skilled workforce necessary to build world-class railways.”

Richard Robinson, chief executive, civil infrastructure, AECOM, said: “Whilst we recognise the excellent work that Network Rail does to maintain and improve the UK rail network we also recognise the need for collaboration between the public and private sectors.

“Network Rail’s announcement is an extremely positive step forward for the future of UK rail infrastructure. We believe creating opportunities for private investment will lead to successful projects being completed on schedule, at lower cost and with greater accountability.”

Andrew Wyllie, chief executive, Costain added: “As a major engineering solutions provider to Network Rail, I welcome the proposals which represent innovative thinking in the way critical rail infrastructure is delivered in the UK. Our railway infrastructure is essential to support a growing economy, and enables us to go about our daily lives efficiently and cost effectively.  Constant innovation and the increasing integration of technology solutions will ensure that the UK has the 21st century rail infrastructure from which we can all benefit. “

One of the first examples of railway projects being privately financed in an innovative way is Network Rail’s new two-year deal with Resonate – the British signalling and train control specialists.

The deal sees Resonate introduce its new, digital traffic management system into the signalling and control systems for the main lines out of London Paddington that could reduce delays by up to 15%.

The deal sees the supplier financing and bearing the risk of introducing the new technology but it will reap rewards from the savings made in reducing delays.

Four design firms chasing £50m A96 upgrade contract

A96Four design consultancies or joint ventures are to be invited to bid for the contract for a 26-mile stretch of the A96 from east of Huntly to Aberdeen.

The contract, worth up to £50 million, is expected to be awarded later this year.

The road forms the eastern section of the Scottish Government’s plan to dual the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.

AECOM Limited, Amey Arup joint venture, Atkins WSP joint venture and Jacobs UK Ltd have been invited to tender for the work.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, said: “This major contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that will bring to the north-east and the Highland’s, including improved journey time and reliability, improved connectivity and improved road safety for all those who use this key artery connecting Scotland’s two most northerly cities.

“When this contract is awarded later this year, design work for the eastern section will step up a gear with route option assessment work getting underway. This contract will also provide the successful bidders with steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work, so it will be a boost for the local and national economy.

“At the same time, we are progressing other parts of the A96 Dualling programme with draft Orders published for the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) late last year. Design work is also underway for the western section between Hardmuir and Fochabers and we hope to let the public see and comment on the options being developed in the summer.”

Financial close reached on £64m NHS Orkney scheme

NHS Orkney health facility Courtyard ViewWork to deliver a new hospital and healthcare facilities in Orkney will get underway soon after Robertson Capital Projects achieved financial close with NHS Orkney on the £64 million project.

The project will see the development of a purpose built facility to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, two GP practices and the Public Dental Service.

Working with a Scottish Government long-term project finance solution, Robertson will be responsible for providing investment funding, entering into a 25-year partnership with NHS Orkney and delivering the design & build and facilities management contracts.

Keppie Design has been appointed as architects, while AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secured the role of Independent Tester on the project last year.

Features include developing some 14,500m2 of accommodation wrapped around a single fluid space. The project will provide a total of 49 en-suite bedrooms for inpatient, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Clinical accommodation includes emergency, theatres, endoscopy, day surgery, cancer and palliative care, radiology, dental, ambulance, renal, mortuary, pharmacy and outpatients.

Two local GP practices will also co-locate in the new building together with support accommodation including catering, staff changing, ICT, decontamination, energy, multi-faith, clinical support and general FM.

Cathie Cowan, chief executive at NHS Orkney, said: “I am delighted that we have reached financial close. The new facility is part of NHS Orkney’s wider ambitious healthcare investment programme. She added ‘I am looking forward to working in partnership with Robertson to deliver the biggest single site capital project in Orkney.

“During the course of the contract Robertson has committed to delivering a range of local community benefits and we look forward to monitoring the long-term impact of this substantial investment for Orcadians.”

Neil McCormick, managing director of Robertson Capital Projects, said: “Robertson will use the skills of its capital projects, construction and facilities management subsidiaries to deliver this major new healthcare investment in Orkney.

“This underlines our significant role as a major partner with the NHS in the delivery of the very best clinical and user focused NHS accommodation. We would like to thank NHS Orkney for the significant effort and leadership they have demonstrated in driving forward this unique project and look forward to progressing site based operations in the immediate future.”

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2019.

Contractor sought as £83m Falkirk Campus business case approved

new Falkirk CampusForth Valley College is looking for a contractor to build the New Falkirk Campus after the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council approved the full business case for the £83 million project.

The estimated value of the main construction contract is £58m with the build anticipated to commence in September 2017, enabling the college to take occupation by October 2019.

The new state-of-the-art facility will be located on the college’s former Middlefield site on Grangemouth Road. It will include modern, flexible and technology-enabled spaces and will boast industry standard workshops, laboratories and classrooms.

The campus will also have a Learning Resource Centre, food outlets, hair and beauty salons, conference space and sports facilities. In addition, the campus will be built with sustainability in mind and is aspiring to achieve a BREEAM rating of very good or excellent.

Architectural firm Reiach and Hall, which also designed the College’s new Alloa and Stirling campuses, has been appointed to design the new campus.

Other key partners include the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Futures Trust and AECOM.

Forth Valley College principal, Dr Ken Thomson, said: “Now that the full business case has been approved, the green light has been given for us to put the plans out to procurement so we can begin the process of choosing who should build what will be a fantastic new campus, a wonderful learning environment and a legacy building that Falkirk and Scotland as a whole will be proud of.

“All going well we should be looking at work starting in September 2017 with a completion date in August 2019. Situated close to the inspirational and innovative Kelpies, the Helix Park and the Falkirk Stadium, the new Campus will also further enhance what has developed into one of Scotland’s most vibrant economic and cultural hubs.

“It really is exciting times for further education in the Forth Valley area and we are delighted to be leading the way and showing that we are living up to our dynamic and inspirational mission statement of Making Learning Work.”

Deputy First Minister and cabinet secretary for education and skills, John Swinney, said: “I am delighted that the new Falkirk campus for Forth Valley College has been approved and that ‎students and staff will get the new state-of-the-art facility they need and deserve.

“This government is committed ‎to providing excellent college facilities across the country to enable the delivery of high quality learning and training, with over £550m invested in the estate since 2007.”

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “In just over six years Forth Valley College has been able to build new, state-of-the-art campuses in Alloa, Stirling and now Falkirk. Today’s announcement means that all of the college’s 14,500 students will soon be learning in modern and inspiring buildings. I am pleased SFC has been able to play a key role in making this happen.”

Keppie returns to Orkney with new hospital deal

Atrium FrontKeppie Design has been appointed as architects on the £60 million Hospital and Healthcare Facilities in Orkney.

Being constructed by Robertson Construction Group, the new general hospital will facilitate and support the delivery of Health and Social Care services to the 21,000 strong population of the Orkney Islands.

AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Main EntranceIn a challenging environment and exposed site location, the concept development was one focused on creating interesting spaces shielded from the often extreme weather conditions. The distinctive curves of the building protect the main entrance space and inpatient accommodation and is a reference to and acknowledgement of the historical architectural form which is unique to the Islands.

The building will accommodate a diverse range of departments which are designed to be flexible both at user level, supporting complex staffing conditions, and for future expansion and service planning.

KEP-XXX-XX_4540-001 Landscape Site Plan.pdfAccommodation comprises of flexible integrated wards, Maternity, Palliative Care Unit, Outpatients, GPs practices, Dental, Emergency Department, Radiology, Pharmacy and Labs, Operating Theatres and a Central Decontamination Unit.

Keppie have previously delivered award winning schools on the islands at both Kirkwall and Stromness.

David Ross, design director at Keppie, said: “We’re thrilled to have been appointed to such an important and exciting project. It’s great to be back working in Orkney, where our previous experience of island life, people and their values helped inform our successful hospital submission. Close and continued collaboration with key stakeholders from both the NHS and the local community has been vital to our understanding of the needs and aspirations of all involved.”

Final four bidders for £50m A96 design contract revealed

Keith BrownFour bidders remain in the chase for a design contract to dual the A96 worth up to £50 million.

The design consultancies or joint ventures have been invited to tender for the design work for the western section of the A96 Dualling programme – a 29 mile stretch between Hardmuir and Fochabers.

They are:

1.AECOM Limited
2.Amey Arup Joint Venture
3.CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture
4.Mott MacDonald Grontmij Joint Venture

Cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, Keith Brown, said: “This major contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that will bring to the Highlands and north-east of Scotland.

“The breadth of interest from the industry is testament to the importance of this major infrastructure project and again underlines the significant investment that this Government is making in the transport network across Scotland with the M8M73M74 Motorway Improvements Project and the Aberdeen bypass on the ground, and the Forth Replacement Crossing due for completion later this year.

“When this contract is awarded later this spring, design work for the western section will step up a gear with route option assessment work getting underway. This contract will also provide the successful bidders with steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work, so it will be a significant boost for the local and national economy.

“When completed, the A96 dualling programme will deliver a number of benefits, including improved journey time and reliability, improved connectivity and improved road safety for all those who use this key artery connecting two of Scotland’s economic hubs.

“With construction of the first section of our £3 billion A9 dualling programme now well underway and the first section between Kincraig and Dalraddy due to finish next summer– combined with our work to dual the A96, we will ensure communities across Scotland get the 21st century road network they rightly deserve.”