NHS Grampian

NHS Grampian gives formal approval for £163m Aberdeen health centres

The outline business case for the construction of two health facilities in Aberdeen has been agreed, though the final cost has risen by £13.7 million due to “design complexities and site conditions”.

The NHS Grampian Board gave its formal approval yesterday to the project to deliver the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre at the city’s Foresterhill Health Campus.

But while the project was proposed to be delivered for £150m when it was initially announced in August 2015, the Board now expects the development to cost £163m.

A report which was considered by the Board prior to its approval stated: “The previously reported project budget was £150m. As a result of design complexities and site conditions identified during the preparation of the outline business case, this has increased to £163.7m. This increase is required to meet the clinical brief, deal with the site conditions and deliver world-class buildings for clinical reasons.”

The significant milestone will allow the project to be formally considered by the Capital Investment Group, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate, later this month.

The new facilities will help modernise patient care and facilities at the Foresterhill Health Campus, which is Europe’s biggest healthcare site, and is part of NHS Grampian’s £300m investment in new or upgraded facilities across the North East.

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner and Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes shake on the deal – surrounded by senior colleagues from their organisations

Graham Construction was selected to develop the two facilities in December 2016.

Gary Holmes, Scottish managing director for Graham Construction, said: “We are privileged to be working with NHS Grampian and its stakeholders in the development of the Foresterhill Health Campus and in equipping it to offer the highest quality of care to the region for years to come. This is a major step forward.”

Jackie Bremner, who is the project director for NHS Grampian, said: “This is a very exciting and important milestone which will allow the project to move one step closer to becoming a reality. It is also the result of 3 years of hard work which has involved hundreds of people including clinical staff, patients, members of the public, designers and construction colleagues.

“It is starting to feel real now – in a year or so these magnificent new facilities, which will benefit patients and their families for many years to come, will have begun to take shape.”

She continued: “Over the next few months work to develop the detailed design and construction plans with our construction partner Graham Construction and their design team will be completed ready for the main construction programme to commence in the spring of 2019.

“Clinical staff, patients and members of the public have been involved from the outset and we hope they will continue to help us shape the design of facilities and services over the life of the project.”

She also said that services in a number of existing buildings are relocating elsewhere on the Foresterhill Health Campus to allow these facilities to be built.

“In advance of the main construction works, which should begin in the spring of 2019, preparatory work to demolish existing buildings, road realignment and a range of service diversions is expected to begin in the autumn,” she said.

The services delivered from the Eye Out-patient Department are relocating to refurbished accommodation in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) in the summer of 2018.

The Foresterhill Health Centre is moving to a new purpose built health centre to the west of the Campus, being developed by hubCo and due to open in the spring of 2018.

The breast screening service moved last month into temporary accommodation in ARI until they move into their new accommodation in the Baird Family Hospital in 2021.

Jackie added: “These moves, along with the development of the Baird Family Hospital and the ANCHOR Centre, will change the Westburn Road face of the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen and support the delivery of modern, high quality health services for the people of Grampian and the north of Scotland for many years to come.”

Subcontractors sought for Aberdeen hospital replacement

Foresterhill Health CampusGraham Construction is looking for subcontractors for major work packages on its planned Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre project in Aberdeen.

NHS Grampian is expected to submit a formal planning application to replace the current maternity hospital at Forresterhill this summer.

The new Baird Family Hospital will provide modern facilities for the delivery of maternity, gynaecology, breast screening and breast surgery services.

The separate Anchor Centre meanwhile will offer facilities for cancer patients from around the region complete with its own pharmacy, research and teaching facilities.

A Meet the Buyer event is being on May 23 at the Beach Ballroom, AB24 5NR from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Specialists in the following areas are invited to attend:

  • Building Envelope
  • Groundworks
  • Concrete Frame
  • Steel Frame
  • Partitions & Ceilings
  • Specialist Medical Physics
  • Clean Room Fit Out
  • Fixed FFE
  • Piling
  • Lifts
  • IPS
  • Bathroom Pods

The £150 million dual project has been designed by Norr and is timetabled for completion by 2020.

Please register your interest in attending to Suzanne Stevenson, Compliance Manager

Suzanne.stevenson@graham.co.uk or online here.

Finance package agreed for new Inverurie and Foresterhill health centres

Kevin Hewitt

Kevin Hewitt

A multi-million finance package has been agreed for new health centre provision in Inverurie and Foresterhill, paving the way for construction on both facilities to begin.

The £22 million project, which will see the creation of a new health facility in Inverurie along with a new Foresterhill health centre built within the site of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, will be led by hub North Scotland after it was appointed as development partner by NHS Grampian. Works on both sites will be carried out by Morrison Construction.

The new £8m Foresterhill Health Centre will be situated on land to the west of the site, its proximity allowing for excellent liaison between primary care and specialist services, providing a new state of the art home for two GP practices.

The new £14m Inverurie complex will be built within the existing hospital grounds and will service more than 21,000 patients – it is the largest single General Practitioner practice in Scotland. The state-of-the-art facility will also incorporate community health services including dental and maternity provision. Physiotherapy, ultrasounds and speech and language therapy will also be available.

Work on both sites is set to begin later this year with a proposed completion date of summer 2018.

Kevin Hewitt, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “This finance deal paves the way for the construction of the new Inverurie and Foresterhill health centres to commence. Both facilities are much needed by their respective communities and will considerably enhance health care provision to those who use both centres. These developments will also increase the number of patients that both centres can cater for, something that was a main requirement especially in Inverurie.

“hub North Scotland is delighted to be delivering both these projects on behalf of NHS Grampian and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with the body as well as other key stakeholders in bringing these innovative facilities to fruition.”

NHS Grampian chief executive, Malcolm Wright, said “I am extremely pleased that work is about to get underway on these two vital projects. Inverurie has expanded considerably over recent years and it’s important that we ensure health care facilities match that growth. The new Health and Social Care HUB will do just that and be able to serve more than 20,000 patients. Meanwhile, constructing a new Foresterhill Health Centre will provide much improved facilities for patients there and allow us to move ahead with The Baird Family Hospital.”

Project director Stan Mathieson said: “This announcement is welcome news but this hasn’t happened overnight – it’s the result of a lot of hard work including extensive consultation with patients, the public and staff. We’ve listened to their feedback and I’m sure patients at Foresterhill Health Centre and in Inverurie will be thrilled that new facilities will soon be a reality.”

Mike Bruce, managing director of Morrison Construction North East Scotland, said: “We are pleased to be commencing this significant health project for hub North Scotland and NHS Grampian. We look forward to successfully delivering this project for our client and wider stakeholders, and in turn provide the local community with an enhanced built environment and improved facilities.”

hub North Scotland comprises Alba Community Partnerships (a joint venture of Galliford Try Investments, Equitix and Sweett Investment Services), Scottish Futures Trust and 16 Northern Territory Partners, working with local suppliers and contractors to deliver quality buildings and services.

Images courtesy of Mackie Ramsay Taylor Architects.

Graham Construction chosen to build £134m Aberdeen health facilities

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner and Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes shake on the deal - surrounded by senior colleagues from their organisations

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner and Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes shake on the deal – surrounded by senior colleagues from their organisations

Graham Construction has been selected to develop two new health facilities for NHS Grampian within its Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen.

The £134 million capital scheme will be the largest project to be procured through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework to date.

The new Baird Family Hospital will bring together all services at the existing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and breast and gynaecology services from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). The new ANCHOR Centre will include day-patient and out-patient oncology and haematology services relocating from ARI.

Today senior staff from Graham Construction and members of NHS Grampian project team met for a launch event on the Foresterhill Health Campus to officially announce the appointment.

Jackie Bremner, NHS Grampian project director for the project, said: “This is a very exciting milestone in the development of these important new developments on the Foresterhill Health Campus. We look forward to working with our partners at Graham Construction to create high quality modern facilities that will help enable us to deliver quality care designed for the future for the people of the North East, North of Scotland and the Northern Isles.”

Gary Holmes, regional director for Graham Construction, said: “We are privileged to be working with NHS Grampian and its stakeholders in the development of the Foresterhill Health Campus and in equipping it to offer the highest quality of care to the region for years to come.”

Within a six year programme of works with NHS Scotland, Graham Construction is already delivering projects to a capital value of £112m, comprising of differing packages of new build, refurbishment, backlog maintenance, statutory compliance and risk reduction works for NHS Health Boards across Scotland.

Successful awards to date have included the design and construction of Raigmore Hospital’s Critical Services Upgrade and Monklands Hospital Theatre & ITU redevelopment projects for NHS Highland and NHS Lanarkshire regions, together with the reconfiguration and refurbishment numerous health facilities across the NHS Lanarkshire estate, the extensive redevelopment of Dunfermline’s Queen Margaret Hospital and the Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy for NHS Fife, and a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, which opened in May 2016.

Within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Graham Construction is delivering a demolition programme to assist in the rationalisation of their overall estate, and the design and construction of a National Pain Management Centre, located at Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow.

Construction work of the new Aberdeen facilities will commence in mid-2018, with completion in 2020.

Aberdeen cancer centre and hospital granted planning in principle

Foresterhill Health CampusProposals to create a new £120 million cancer treatment centre and hospital in Aberdeen have been given preliminary approval.

Aberdeen City Council planners backed plans to develop the Baird Family Hospital and the Anchor Centre at Foresterhill Health Campus.

At least 10 buildings are planned for the hospital site over the next five years as part of a total investment of £150m.

Designed by Archial NORR, the Baird Family Hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, breast screening and breast surgery services. A neonatal unit will also be built on site, along with an operating theatre suite and research facilities.

A contractor and design team will now be appointed to undertake the work following the decision.

NHS Grampian project director, Jackie Bremner, said she was delighted the proposals were approved.

She said: “Plans for two important new developments on the Foresterhill Health Campus have taken a step forward with planning in principle approval from the Aberdeen City Council planning department.

“The project team is in the process of appointing a contractor and design team.

“Once appointed later in the year, detailed planning for these exciting developments can get under way.

“The initial agreement was approved by the board of NHS Grampian, the health and social care directorate and the Scottish Government in September 2015.

“The next important stages for these developments scheduled during 2016 are the submission of an outline business case, full planning application and thereafter full business case.”

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary car parkMeanwhile, work on the long-awaited visitor car park will get under way next week.

The £10m, 1,000 space facility at ARI was approved by the council last month and is expected to be completed in July next year.

Construction had been due to begin earlier this month but was delayed while the final appearance of the car park was agreed upon.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary upgrade reaches half way point

One of the refurbished theatres at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

One of the refurbished theatres at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

A major milestone has been reached in an extensive programme of improvements at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) being undertaken by Robertson Construction.

The refurbishment of the Pink Zone Building (previously known as Phase Two building), which lies in the heart of the Foresterhill Health Campus, has reached the half way mark.

The building is being refurbished in four sections, two of which are now complete. The second stage included the reinstatement of an operating theatre suite on the ground floor of the building.

Although the work is focussed on Back Log Maintenance (BLM) works such as, asbestos removal and improvements to the overall fire strategy, NHS Grampian is taking every opportunity to improve facilities and services in the building at the same time.

Robertson is delivering the project as part of NHS Grampian’s £38 million refurbishment and risk reduction programme. Projects have already included the refurbishment of Clinics F & G the in Purple Zone along with the creation of new theatres at ARI and Woodend Hospital to help deliver waiting time improvement targets. The East End Two building and Rotunda areas have also benefited from refurbishment work.

Most recently, the construction of a new aseptic suite has commenced. This facility will be constructed to meet the new building standards for the preparation of medication on site and will allow for continued timely delivery to meet the specific needs of patients.

The hospital's revamped Pink Zone cafe

The hospital’s revamped Pink Zone cafe

This refurbishment programme and tackling of critical BLM works is also central to the implementation of NHS Grampian’s 10 year master plan, which will allow these clinical buildings to operate for an additional 10 year plus, until replacement plans are developed.

Keith Taylor, regional managing director of Robertson Eastern, said: “We’re very pleased to have reached this milestone with NHS Grampian in what is a very important project. The maintenance work to remove asbestos and enhance fire protection to the walls and floors of the building meant it was the ideal time to make other improvements to modernise the hospital at the same time.

“It’s a complex project and working in a live hospital brings with it a number of challenges for our team. First and foremost is patient care and experience as well as stringent infection control which will prevent contaminants, such as dust, from spreading into clinical areas. Logistics, access, noise and vibration have also been carefully controlled to ensure as little disruption to patients as possible.

“We have now begun work on the next section of improvements. Ultimately this work should leave the hospital well equipped to offer excellent levels of care to patients across the region.”

Louise McKessock, clinical support manager, said: “The Robertson team have been helpful partners as we work to ensure Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is truly fit to provide 21st Century healthcare. Completing all elements of the project while keeping the hospital operational is challenging but Robertson have worked hard to minimise the disruption. Patients and staff alike have certainly noticed the difference they have made in the areas already completed.”

The third section of work will focus on improvements on levels six and seven, including the development of a new integrated high dependency unit which is due for completion by February 2017. The work is being managed in a staged approach so as to prevent any disruption to service provision.

Work on £10.7m Aberdeen Royal Infirmary car park to start within weeks

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary car parkWork will begin on a £10.7 million car park at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in the next few weeks, NHS Grampian has confirmed.

The 1,000-space parking facility, made possible by a £10m donation from the Wood Foundation, will take around 11 months to build.

As a result of the work the current visitor parking will be closed for the entire period.

The six-story building is part of £150m worth of improvements scheduled for ARI at the Foresterhill site.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary car park distantA spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: “We expect work to commence in mid-September, subject to meeting the conditions of planning permission.

“This facility, generously funded by The Wood Foundation, will considerably improve the amount of parking available for patients and visitors.

“The construction will require the closure of the existing visitor car park for approximately 11 months.

“A limited amount of visitor parking will be reallocated into the staff car park – as a result, both staff and visitors will see significant reductions in the amount of spaces available.”

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary car park nightThe spokeswoman added that during the construction works, visitors would be asked to avoid taking their cars to ease stress on the limited number of spaces.

She said: “We are asking for their support and patience at this time and would encourage everyone coming to Foresterhill Health Campus to explore the alternatives.”

NHS Grampian key worker homes plan recommended for refusal

View of internal street

View of internal street

Plans for a housing development which aims to attract key health workers to the north-east have been recommended for refusal by Aberdeen councillors.

NHS Grampian lodged proposals with Aberdeen City Council late last year to create 110 homes on the former nurses’ accommodation complex at Foresterhill Court at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Drafted in conjunction with Grampian Housing Association and designed by Halliday Fraser Munro, the proposed key worker accommodation would not only be used for NHS staff but for emergency workers and teachers.

But a report by Aberdeen City Council planning officers outlines the impact on green space and the character of the area as among reasons to reject the development.

An NHS Grampian spokeswoman told the Evening Express: “We are deeply disappointed by the recommendation of Aberdeen City Council officers.

“It is no secret the high cost of living in Aberdeen is having an impact on our ability to recruit and retain staff.

“This, in turn, is having an impact on our ability to properly serve the health needs of the local population.”

She added: “Both NHS Grampian and Grampian Housing Association have written directly to elected members to outline our position.

“We hope they will consider this information carefully prior to their meeting next week.”

View of shared surface courtyard

View of shared surface courtyard

The project, which would have seen the existing NHS staff building demolished, was hoped to be completed by the winter of 2017.

Councillors will decide whether or not to give the development the go ahead at the planning development management committee meeting on Thursday.

In its reasons for the recommendation the report states: “The proposed development would by reason of its scale, siting, and quantum of the development result in the loss of open space, urban green space.”

It added it would harm the quality of the landscape and adversely affect the character of the area.

Craig Stirrat, director of business development at Grampian Housing Association, said: “It is extremely disappointing that Aberdeen City Council’s planning officers are recommending refusal of our joint development with NHS Grampian at Foresterhill Court.

“In particular, the development would help NHS Grampian address its staffing shortage which is linked to the lack of affordable housing within the city for key workers.”

Plans submitted for revitalisation of Aberdeen hospital site

The project's Central Square

The project’s Central Square

A full planning application has been lodged for the revitalisation of the Woolmanhill Hospital site in Aberdeen by developer Charlie Ferrari.

The rejuvenated public space at the heart of the project would be named Central Square.

Mr Ferrari’s expertise has already led to the transformation of numerous significant buildings across the city and his proposal for the Woolmanhill site includes a 52-bedroom boutique hotel, 27 serviced suites, 30 residential apartments and 10 affordable homes, along with the focal central square.

CAF Properties (Woolmanhill) Ltd has applied for full planning permission to renovate four important buildings on the Woolmanhill property. The application has been made jointly with NHS Grampian as the current owners of the site which was the location of the original Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The hotel and serviced apartments would be owned and operated by the Glasgow-based G1 Group (Holdings) Plc.

Mr Ferrari believes the development would complement the area, which is important to the city culturally and historically, and which already houses buildings of architectural significance, including His Majesty’s Theatre, The Central Library and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

He said: “We believe our proposal will make a significant contribution to the wider masterplan for the revitalisation of Aberdeen city centre. Woolmanhill is an important landmark in Aberdeen and breathing new life into this site preserves its history and marks a new chapter in its story for current and future generations.”

All four main buildings are listed and the hotel project, to be located in the Grade A listed Archibald Simpson building, will form the centrepiece of the redevelopment. Special attention is to be paid to the central square which is to be redesigned to be traffic-free, enhancing the relationship of the hotel to the serviced apartments and residential development. The hotel would also provide a venue for weddings and conferences and ample parking would be available on-site and at the adjacent NCP car park.

The proposal shows the east-facing Stephen Building, which looks onto the main Woolmanhill roundabout, encompass a range of 27 one, two and three-bedroom serviced suites, to be available on a short to long-term tenancies.

The long west-facing Victoria building would be renovated to become 30 two and three- bedroom apartments and duplexes with the Archive building to the north being made available for the provision of 10 affordable flats.

Construction of the original Aberdeen Royal Infirmary complex began in 1740 and latterly Woolmanhill was used as an out-patient clinic. It is now surplus to requirements and NHS Grampian was granted permission to close the facility in 1999. Services have been vacating the building in a phased process over the last two years, with many relocating to the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village.

Subject to obtaining all consents, it is hoped the redevelopment work could start on the site mid 2017 with completion scheduled for mid to late 2019.

Boutique hotel plan for historic Aberdeen hospital

Woolmanhill Hospital 2Plans have been revealed to transform one of Aberdeen’s most historic buildings into a 50-bedroom boutique hotel.

Developers CAF Properties want to transform the 18th century Woolmanhill Hospital into a hotel and residential complex including 27 serviced apartments, 32 residential apartments and 10 affordable flats.

The scheme will involve four of the buildings on the Victorian site, which was the location of the city’s first royal infirmary when it opened in 1749.

Woolmanhill HospitalThe Grade A-listed Simpson Pavilion on Skene Street would be turned into a hotel, while the Stephen and Victoria buildings could be converted into serviced apartments. A central square would also be created.

CAF Properties said a planning application would be made jointly with NHS Grampian as the current owners of the site. Most of the hospital was shut down three years ago to help NHS Grampian cut a £160m repair bill backlog.

The hotel and serviced apartments would be owned and run by Glasgow-based leisure operator G1 Group.

Subject to planning consent, CAF expects redevelopment work to start on the site in the middle of next year, with completion scheduled for 2019.