NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Contingency plans take hold in wake of Carillion collapse

Carillion is part of a coalition delivering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR)

Clients and joint ventures partners of collapsed contractor Carillion have taken steps to begin contingency plans after the firm entered compulsory liquidation today.

An application was made to the High Court for a compulsory liquidation of the UK’s second largest construction company before opening of business this morning after talks with the UK government to save the company were unsuccessful.

The firm had been involved in the £745 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and had contracts with Registers of Scotland, the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, West of Scotland Housing Association and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde among many others.

Network Rail awarded Carillion a contract last year to deliver platform extension works and the firm is also responsible for two facilities management contracts worth £158m with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) which cover 83 military sites in Scotland.

Contingency plans have now been put into effect with the hope to minimise disruption to the projects.

Galliford Try is in joint venture with Carillion and Balfour Beatty on the construction of the £550m section of the AWPR between Balmedie and Tipperty for Transport Scotland.

“The Scottish Government are in discussions with the liquidators and the UK government to support Carillion employees and secure the completion of contracts.”

Economy secretary Keith Brown

Galliford Try said: “The terms of the contract are such that the remaining joint venture members, Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try, are obliged to complete the contract.  Our current estimate of the additional cash contribution outstanding from Carillion to complete the project is £60-80m, of which any shortfall will be funded equally between the joint venture members. The companies will discuss the position urgently with the official receiver of Carillion and Transport Scotland, to minimise any impact on the project.”

A Transport Scotland spokesman reiterated the bypass project will be completed by the spring.

He said: “We expect that any impact on the AWPR will be mitigated by the fact that Carillion’s construction partners are joint and severally liable and as such, the other two construction partners remain fully responsible for the completion of the works.

“Aberdeen Roads Limited, the construction joint venture for the project, confirmed recently that they remain committed to the delivery of this project.”

Amey has incorporated joint ventures with Carillion to deliver the regional prime and national housing contracts for the MoD, through the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). These contracts maintain the MOD estate in the UK.

It said: “The terms of the joint ventures’ arrangements mean that Amey will continue the services now that Carillion has announced it is entering into immediate compulsory liquidation. Amey is committed to doing this and ensuring continuity of service to the DIO and MOD and the service men and women in the UK.

“For the past few weeks, Amey has been working on detailed contingency plans with the DIO and the Cabinet Office to ensure it can effectively continue to manage the contracts and these are being implemented today.

“Amey confirms it is fully prepared to continue the service obligation of the contracts without adverse effect on the employees of the joint ventures or the supply chain.”

Network Rail commissioned Carillion for both the Waverley platforms extension project and the electrification of the railway line through Shotts.

In addition, the firm was also contracted for platform works at Broughty Ferry and Aberdeen railway stations.

Carillion Powerlines secured an £11.6m contract to carry out electrification work on the Shotts line in December

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are activating our contingency plans as a result of this unfortunate news.

“We will be working closely with the administrators and Carillion’s management team to ensure projects that they are working on continue and that the supply chain is maintained for this important work.

“Our aim is to ensure that this news has as little impact as possible on our projects to grow and expand the railway network.”

Kier Group, which currently operates joint ventures involving Carillion on HS2 and the Highways England smart motorways programme, jobs, will now have to take them on alone or seek a new partner.

A Kier spokeswoman said: “We have put in place contingency plans for each of these projects and are working closely with clients so as to achieve continuity of service.

“Following today’s announcement and after a short period of transition for these contracts, we do not expect there to be an adverse financial impact on the group arising from these joint venture contracts.”

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) said that it was “taking steps to secure the future of the 1,400 Carillion apprentices” by redeploying them to other firms.

CITB chief executive, Sarah Beale, said: “The news of Carillion entering insolvency is clearly a significant blow to the UK construction sector. While this will present the sector with a number of challenges, CITB’s priority is to do all it can to ensure that Carillion apprentices can continue their training so their skills are not lost.

“We have established a project team to work with the apprentices and will be offering in principle grant and apprenticeship transfer incentives to our employer base in order to retain these learners. We will be working closely with the ESFA, the official receiver and our network of college providers so that every possible support is in place to help these apprentices continue their training. We will be liaising with the official receiver with a view to contacting the apprentices as soon as possible.”

The Scottish Government said it is in talks to support Carillion employees and secure the completion of contracts in Scotland.

Cabinet secretary for the economy, Keith Brown, said: “Our first thoughts are with those Carillion employees who will be concerned for their jobs today and we are in discussions with the liquidators and the UK government regarding the measures they intend to put in place regarding private sector, Network Rail and UK govternment-backed contracts in Scotland to support Carillion employees and to secure the completion of these contracts.

“The Scottish Government has been working to manage or eliminate risks associated with Carillion’s difficulties since July last year and we have contingency plans in place for affected contracts, including the AWPR where the contract contains a mechanism for the remaining two joint venture partners to deliver the project and we expect that work to continue.

“I have spoken to the Secretary of State for Scotland this morning and my officials have also spoken with PwC to establish the situation and should it be necessary we stand ready to support for any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative which aims to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work.”

Cladding to be removed from second Glasgow hospital

The Royal Hospital for Children with the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in the background

The Royal Hospital for Children has become the second hospital in Glasgow to announce the removal of external cladding as a precautionary measure.

Documents reported in The Herald state a “further issue” had been identified in external cladding used at the children’s hospital, but added the risk level was “extremely low”.

The move comes months after it emerged similar insulation panels to those used on the Grenfell Tower were involved in the building of the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) on the same site.

Work is due to get under way in the New Year to replace panels at the QEUH.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said discussions were continuing about how to replace the panels at the children’s hospital.

The documents said: “Health Facilities Scotland and the main hospital contractor Multiplex had confirmed a further cladding issue on the Royal Hospital for Children had emerged [and] it was intended to replace the affected panels as a precautionary measure.”

A spokesman for NHSGGC said: “Discussions continue with the hospital developer Multiplex about the replacement options available for Royal Hospital for Children.

“Senior Board Directors and Health Facility Scotland are finalising the preferred options and programme of works for the QEUH and it is intended to issue an instruction to proceed in early January.

“Discussions with Glasgow City Council have been positive and it is agreed that a building warrant application will be made for both the adult’s and children’s hospitals when a start date for works will be able to be agreed.”

Talks are also on-going between the Scottish Government and Multiplex over who will pay for the work.

CALA unveils housing plans for former Broomhill Hospital site

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A potential street scene from the proposed development

A joint planning application for a proposed housing development at the former Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch has been submitted by CALA Homes (West) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The applicants seek to create a high quality development of 162 private and affordable homes, on a site that is allocated for housing in the adopted East Dunbartonshire Local Development Plan 2, 2017.

The proposed private housing mix will comprise of apartments, cottage flats, townhouses, terraced and detached properties. Forty affordable homes will also feature a range of cottage flats and terraced houses.

The affordable housing provision equates to 25% of the total number of homes proposed on the site and is expected to be delivered by CALA for Link Housing Association.

CALA’s proposals represent an investment in excess of £30 million in the long-term future of the community with the creation of over 100 direct and 50 indirect construction jobs expected.

It is further thought that the development will generate in excess of £300,000 per annum for East Dunbartonshire Council in council tax receipts.

After closing in 1995, the majority of the former hospital buildings were de-listed and demolished in 2013/14, turning the site into a now vacant brownfield development opportunity within the town. CALA was selected as preferred developer by the NHS in early 2017, following the most recent open marketing process.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) was submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in May, and a successful public consultation event was held at William Patrick Library in August.

The feedback from the public consultation, together with the extensive pre-application discussions with key stakeholders, have shaped the designs, culminating in an attractive site proposal that will meet all planning and environmental requirements.

If approved, the development will embody CALA’s distinctive style and will be crafted to the high specifications synonymous with the premier homebuilder.

Graham McNeil, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “The submission of the planning application shows CALA’s commitment to delivering a range and choice of high quality homes on this allocated brownfield site in East Dunbartonshire.

“Strength in design excellence and sector-leading build quality sets us apart from other developers.

“We are looking forward to progressing the application with East Dunbartonshire Council and believe that the proposals respond well to the site’s unique characteristics and setting, and will positively enhance this area of Kirkintilloch.”

David Loudon, NHS GGC’s director of property, procurement & facilities management, said: “I am delighted that the detailed planning application will now be progressed with East Dunbartonshire Council and that the site of the former Broomhill Hospital can be reused to help in the delivery of much needed housing in the Kirkintilloch area, whilst offering open space for potential community use.”

The applicants are targeting a positive planning decision from East Dunbartonshire Council around springtime next year.

If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in late summer 2018, with the first residents taking occupation around 12 months later.

Kier named as Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland

Kier imageKier Construction Scotland has been appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland’s supply chain.

A joint-venture organisation owned by both the public and private sectors, hub West Scotland delivers a range of public sector capital works projects throughout west central Scotland.

It works in partnership with 15 public bodies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City councils, covering a population of around 1.2 million people.

The partnership designs and constructs a wide range of new community facilities, including schools, health and community centres and facilities for blue light organisations, whilst providing value for money to the public purse and the opportunity to work with local SMEs.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Iain Marley, chief executive of hub West Scotland, said: “Key supply chain members are a vital ingredient in the success of hub West Scotland where we work in a collaborative partnership to deliver quality, innovative and value for money solutions to our public sector partners.

“Kier Construction Scotland boasts a wealth of delivery experience, and we look forward to working with them as a partnering contractor on future projects, to develop a sustainable future within communities across west central Scotland.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to be appointed as a Tier One contractor to hub West Scotland. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the hub West team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

Business case approved for £19.25m health centre in Clydebank

Queens Quay aerialPlans for a new state-of-the-art health centre in Clydebank will be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group for funding after NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde approved an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the facility.

The health centre, along with a new care home, will form the health quarter of the Queens Quay regeneration project, which will see hundreds of homes built on the site of the former John Brown Shipyard and in the shadow of the Titan Crane.

Overall, the regeneration of Queens Quay will see at least 1200 new homes built (including 200 for social rent), along with a retail unit, pub/diner, hotel and new public space with pedestrian access to the riverside and to the town centre and transport interchange. The site is already home to a new £23m Clydebank Leisure Centre, Council offices at Aurora House and a West College Scotland campus.

A £12m District Heating Scheme that will heat the homes, the health quarter and other local buildings recently secured £6m of Scottish Government funding.

It is anticipated work on the health centre will begin in the second half of 2018, with completion expected in 2020.

Queens Quay 1Councillor Marie McNair, convener of the West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership’s Integrated Joint Board, said: “It is fantastic news that NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has approved this funding and that the ambitious plans for Queens Quay have taken another giant leap forward. The health facilities will form a vital part of the overall project and this approval was an important step in the process.”

The health centre will be built adjacent to a new Clydebank Care Home, with work on the care home set to get underway later this year.

Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council, Jonathan McColl, said: “The Queens Quay development will transform that part of Clydebank and create homes and amenities that residents can be proud of. The health centre will benefit the entire Clydebank area by providing a state-of-the-art facility closer to the town centre and to transport links.”

Infrastructure work at the site, including repairs to quay walls and new basin decking along with the creation of a new road layout, will begin shortly.

The next stage in the development of the health centre is for it to go through the process of applying for planning permission.

Cladding to be removed from Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Queen Elizabeth University HospitalCladding similar to that found on Grenfell Tower in London is to be removed from Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) as a precautionary measure.

It was revealed last month that Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards, the same material discovered in the Grenfell block, were fitted to the super-complex in Govan.

A devastating fire tore through the 24-storey west London block in June, claiming the lives of at least 80 people.

The Ministerial Working Group overseeing a review of building and fire safety regulatory frameworks following the tragic fire held its fourth meeting yesterday chaired by communities secretary Angela Constance and involving housing minister Kevin Stewart, health secretary Shona Robison, Scottish Government officials and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

The group was updated on the latest actions being taken by the Scottish Government, local authorities, the NHS, the fire and rescue service as well as other building owners across the country, including continued progress made by the fire and rescue service in carrying out fire safety visits.

As part of the update on the series of robust further forensic checks that are continuing to take place across Scotland, including the NHS estate, the group heard that some ACM cladding has been found on parts of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow. The SFRS reassured ministers that as part of its regular risk based audit programme, it had carried out fire safety audits within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which were found to be satisfactory.

Further discussion on this took place immediately after the meeting and as a precautionary measure, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have decided to remove the sections of cladding.

Angela Constance MSP said: “The group met again to continue our thorough review of our regulations and take any action needed. Our work programme remains evidence-led to ensure the highest standards of building and fire safety is in place across Scotland.

“We had a very detailed discussion on automatic fire suppression systems, including sprinklers, and I have commissioned a detailed inventory of the high rise domestic building stock in Scotland to ensure we have as clear a picture as possible of ways in which to improve fire safety for residents.

“While we remain confident that we have stringent building and fire safety regulations we cannot afford to be in any way complacent. That is why detailed and robust checks continue across Scotland to assess buildings. Where further investigation is needed it will be carried out to reassure people that adequate fire protection measures are in place.

“I’d like to again give my thanks to all local authorities, the fire and rescue service, NHS Scotland, housing associations and numerous other building owners across Scotland who are continuing to work extremely hard at the moment to carry out these checks and provide that reassurance to the public.

“We’ll continue this partnership to ensure collectively we are doing our utmost to reassure members of the public of the safety of Scotland’s buildings.”

Shona Robison MSP said: “Patient safety is paramount and that is why further forensic checks are currently taking place across the whole NHS estate in Scotland.

“Following the identification of a type of ACM on the QEUH of a similar type to, but not the same as Grenfell, I am reassured that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have decided that the material is should be removed as a precautionary measure.”

David McGowan, assistant chief officer at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, added: “The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service have reassured Ministers that as part of its regular risk based audit programme, it had carried out fire safety audits within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which were found to be satisfactory.”

The group also discussed the latest evidence on automatic fire suppression systems and agreed that further research will be carried out to evaluate specific risks in high rise domestic buildings, consider the most vulnerable groups and recognise advances in technology.

The first aspect of this work will be to commission a detailed inventory of design features of all high domestic buildings in Scotland to provide an evidence base to assist future work in this area being considered by the building standards working group.

NHS provides reassurances as Grenfell material found in Glasgow hospital

Queen Elizabeth University HospitalOfficials at Glasgow’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) have moved to calm fears of patients and staff after it emerged the £842 million hospital uses the same cladding found in parts of the Grenfell Tower.

It was revealed this week that Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards, the same material discovered in the Grenfell block by Channel 4 News, were fitted to the QEUH super-complex in Govan.

A devastating fire tore through the 24-storey west London block on June 14, claiming the lives of at least 80 people.

However, the main contractor for the hospital construction has assured NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) the boards were properly installed and met strict safety standards.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the safest buildings in the UK in terms of fire engineering.

“Multiplex, the main contractor for the hospital construction, have assured NHSGGC that the Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards were properly installed to meet Scotland’s stringent building and fire safety regulations.

“The hospital itself is designed and equipped to the highest standards for fire safety.”

The Scottish Government also said it had been assured the insulation was fitted correctly and met fire regulations.

A spokeswoman said: “The QEUH is designed and equipped to the highest standards for fire safety.

“NHSGGC has sought to assure us that the Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards were correctly installed to meet all current building and fire regulations in Scotland.

“The hospital also has a number of other fire prevention measures to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors at all times.”

Financial close reached on Gorbals & Woodside health and care centres

Gorbals Health and Care Centre

Gorbals Health and Care Centre

hub West Scotland has reached financial close on the Gorbals and Woodside health and care centres, signalling a £35 million investment in health and social care infrastructure.

Designed by JM Architects and Page/Park, the new facilities will be constructed by Morgan Sindall and are being delivered on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and Glasgow City Council.

The new Gorbals Health and Care Centre, situated on Sandiefield Road, will house NHS services including GP surgeries, social services, treatments rooms and community space.

The Woodside Health and Care Centre will be located at Doncaster Street, replacing the existing facility in Barr Street. It will provide GP surgeries, dental, physiotherapy and adult day services, alongside community services such as health visiting, district nursing and the older people’s team and home care.

The developments, which follow on from the recently opened health and care centres at Eastwood and Maryhill, will be open to the public by the end of 2018.

These projects will be followed by a further £40m investment in health and social care facilities in Clydebank and Greenock.

Both projects are in the development stage with contemporary facilities being designed to meet the needs of modern health and social care requirements.

Sanctuary Group acquires Glasgow hospital site

victoria_infThe former Victoria Infirmary site in Glasgow is to be redeveloped into new homes after the site was sold to the Sanctuary Group.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said it was impressed with the not-for-profit care provider’s vision for the 9.5 acre site which was selected following a “robust and detailed evaluation process”.

The site attracted considerable interest from house builders and development companies when it was put on the market in October last year following the transfer of the services on the site to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Sanctuary will now progress with pre-planning application discussions with Glasgow City Council and the local community. They are proposing retaining a number of heritage features on the site while providing modern, stylish home for first time buyers, families and older buyers.

Peter Martin, group director development, Sanctuary Group, said: “We are delighted to be buying the old Victoria site and are committed to listening to local communities to select the best development solution.

“Our plans are to retain the key heritage features of the site while delivering a beautiful place to live.

“The development will also create much needed jobs and we look forward to beginning this exciting project.”

David Loudon, director of facilities and capital planning, NHSGGC, added:  “The former Victoria Infirmary site has been one of our most high profile disposals so far.

“Its successful sale means we have achieved the best value for money for the site, the site being brought back into economic use and the proceeds reinvested in the delivery of front line services.”

The full consultation programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

New Eastwood Health and Care Centre nears completion

(from left): Bill Matthews, chairman of Hub West Scotland; NHSGGC chairman, John Brown; Lorraine McMillan, chief executive, East Renfrewshire Council; East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) chief officer, Julie Murray; East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor, Jim Fletcher

(from left): Bill Matthews, chairman of Hub West Scotland; NHSGGC chairman, John Brown; Lorraine McMillan, chief executive, East Renfrewshire Council; East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) chief officer, Julie Murray; East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor, Jim Fletcher

The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre in East Renfrewshire took one step closer to completion as the keys were handed over on the £15 million state-of-the-art building.

The new centre, on Drumby Crescent, will open on Monday 8 August and will offer the Eastwood community access to a wide range of health and social care services under one roof for the first time.

The project is being delivered by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust. The total cost for the building is £14.9m with £9.2m provided by NHSGGC and £5.7m provided by East Renfrewshire Council. Hoskins Architects were the chosen architects.

Eastwood Health and Care Centre new

Receiving the keys from hub West Scotland, NHSGGC chairman John Brown, said: “I am delighted to receive the keys today on this fantastic new Health and Care Centre. Very soon it will be home to five GP practices and community health and care services including clinics, podiatry, physiotherapy, children’s services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing, health visiting and social work.

“I have every confidence that the people of Eastwood will be equally pleased with the result when it opens in just under a month.”

An essential information guide will be issued to all households in mid-July in the Eastwood area to let them know how to access and contact the new centre.

East Renfrewshire HSCP chief officer, Julie Murray, said: “We are very excited to be moving into this beautiful new building.  It offers us real opportunities to work more closely with GPs and it will also provide space for Third Sector and community groups to offer support and information to local people.

“Together with Barrhead Health and Care Centre, which opened in 2011, this provides the people of East Renfrewshire with fantastic modern facilities, fit for the future delivery of integrated health and care services.”

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Jim Fletcher, added: “The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre is a first-class facility. This fit-for-purpose building will enable local residents to benefit from health and social care services of the highest quality under one roof. I very much look forward to its opening in August.”