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New Dundee jobs for out of work bright sparks

DundeenewstartsThe future’s looking brighter for eight Dundee electricians who have just secured new jobs thanks to ongoing work at V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

The three qualified electricians and five apprentices, including an adult trainee, had been made redundant from local mechanical and electrical company, Scottish Electrical Group, when it ceased trading in August.

BAM Construction, which is building the prestigious V&A Dundee, was alerted to the situation by the Partnership Action for Continued Employment Partnership (PACE) who contacted their supply network to try and help the tradesmen. The group has now started working on site having secured permanent contracts with BAM’s mechanical and electrical installation sub-contractor FES.

Construction manager Malcolm Boyd said: “It’s a great feeling when you are able to pull together and help in this way and I’m really delighted for the team who will not only be a strong addition to the project but will also have the opportunity to work on one of the best building projects in the UK.”

Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “I am glad that the ongoing construction programme at V&A Museum of Design Dundee has enabled these people to find work and put their skills to use on this exciting project.

“The ambition of V&A Dundee will bring about substantial long term benefits for our city’s economy and the construction of the building has given a huge boost to those firms involved.

“I am encouraged to see how the project has helped workers who found themselves in very difficult circumstances.”

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, added: “We are delighted to see more local people gain employment on the construction of our new museum, particularly after facing unemployment. V&A Dundee will help boost the region’s economy, from the jobs we’re already creating to the hundreds of thousands of visitors we’ll welcome each year.”

Opening in 2018, V&A Dundee will be the only V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London. It will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning.

Robertson starts work on £3.5m redevelopment for NHS Lothian

St Johns -ward 20Work is underway on a new £3.5 million redevelopment within St John’s Hospital in Livingston which will see a new theatre constructed for eye and hand surgery patients.

The theatre will be built within the existing Ward 20 and will support pre and post operative care for patients.

The reconfiguration of the existing ward will create a new day surgery unit with two theatres, and will improve access for patients requiring hand trauma surgery, hand elective surgery and Ophthalmology surgery.

The project is being delivered in partnership with NHS Lothian’s appointed contractor RMF Health, which is a consortium bringing together construction and building services contractors Robertson and FES.

Anna Daley, RMF health framework manager, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Lothian on the exciting redevelopment of Ward 20. This significant refurbishment will make a real difference to the eye and hand surgery services that are available, and we are proud to be playing our part in this project.”

The redevelopment to Ward 20 is one development in a larger programme of works planned for St John’s Hospital over the coming years.

Through capital investments and revenue funding, more than £30m has been invested into services at St John’s hospital in recent years in order to increase capacity and improve patient care.

Investments have included the £7m short stay elective surgery centre, £3.7m endoscopy unit and £3m upgrade of the Labour Ward and Special Care Baby Unit.

Works are scheduled for completion in June 2017.