NHS Lothian

Severe weather causes further delays to Edinburgh children’s hospital

The much-delayed Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is now scheduled to open in autumn 2018, a full year later than originally planned.

NHS Lothian said severe weather was partly to blame for the latest delays to the £150 million facility at Little France on the outskirts of the city.

The initial deadline for the project was autumn 2017.

In August this year, the health board said put back the opening date to spring 2018 to ensure the “safe and effective” opening of the hospital, which will serve youngsters right across the east of Scotland.

A further update has been issued by NHS Lothian, blaming factors including bad weather, and saying the “aim” was to open the hospital in autumn 2018.

NHS Lothian deputy chief executive, Jim Crombie, said: “We established a contract with IHSL Limited in 2015 to build our world class children’s hospital and it was due to be completed in July 2017.

“Unfortunately we have suffered unexpected initial delays on site, which included the liquidation of a crucial sub-contractor, severe weather and issues surrounding piling works.

“We remain committed to delivering this flagship facility in a timely manner and to the highest of standards.”

He added: “We are working with the contractors to open the hospital as soon as possible and aim for moves to take place by autumn 2018.

“Our forensic work with IHSL and Multiplex will continue through regular meetings over the coming weeks.”

The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is a £150m project to replace facilities for children at Sciennes near the centre of Edinburgh, and at the Western General Hospital and Royal Edinburgh Hospital, with a purpose-built complex.

The hospital was originally supposed to be open by the winter of 2012, only to be held up by a protracted land swap deal.

The opening was delayed again last year after Dunne Group and JB Brickwork, two of the companies working on construction of the hospital, entered administration and provisional liquidation respectively resulting in a temporary pause to their work streams.

Offsite Solutions to supply bathroom pods for East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital 3Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has been awarded a supply contract for the new £70 million state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital.

The firm will provide 134 factory-built bathroom pods for the 22,000sqm community hospital in Haddington. The units will be supplied without floors to allow for continuous level flooring throughout the wards and avoiding the need for thresholds to make the bathrooms fully accessible.

Designed to meet HTM requirements, each of the large 2.6m x 2.2m pods will easily accommodate a patient and a carer, and will have a wider pre-prepared aperture for two door leaves for easy access. The wash basins, toilets and showers will be pre-installed in the Offsite Solutions’ factory in Somerset and the easy-to-clean, hygienic walls will be finished in white with a feature wall from a range of colours.

The scheme has a complex phased construction to allow the continuation of clinical services in the existing hospital buildings on the site. As a result, the bathroom pods will be installed in batches throughout 2018.

Morrison Construction was appointed principal contractor for the project by hub South East Scotland on behalf of NHS Lothian. When completed, the new facility will increase inpatient beds by around 60% to enhance the quality of care for the people of East Lothian.

Commenting on the specification of bathroom pods for this project, Paul Godwin, design manager at Morrison Construction, said: “Having the bathrooms arrive on site as a finished product gives us the benefit of a significant programme saving and this use of offsite construction means we need less labour on site, which is safer and more efficient.”

David Small, partnership director at East Lothian Health and Social Care, added: “I am impressed with the way work on site is forging ahead. People in East Lothian will benefit from having this state-of-the art facility, which will help us to deliver more services much closer to home.”

When operational, the new East Lothian Community Hospital will provide a range of community-based services including a mental health inpatient unit, elderly medicine, orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, medical assessment inpatient ward, therapy services, outpatients department, endoscopy and minor operations.

Downing Group to buy Royal Hospital for Sick Children site from NHS Lothian

Royal_Hospital_For_Sick_ChildrenNHS Lothian has reached an agreement with property developer Downing Group for the sale of the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children site in Edinburgh.

The deal, which is believed to be in the region of £20 million, will see the Liverpool-based developer take ownership of the site when patients and staff move to a new £150m facility next year.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children is an iconic site that spans over 1.62 Hectares (4.01 acres) in the Marchmont, Meadows and Bruntsfield conservation area and includes a range of listed properties. Ownership is split over NHS Lothian and Edinburgh and the Lothians Health Foundation charity.

Six bidders were invited to provide further information before the owners selected the winner.

The proposed move to the new location at Little France has been hit by delays despite being originally scheduled to open this autumn.

That was put back to February next year and the project is now expected to be completed no earlier than May 2018.

Jacquie Campbell, chief officer for acute services at NHS Lothian, said: “The decision to move the services from the current site and dispose of the site was not an easy one to make. The legacy of the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids dates back to 1863 and since 1895 the hospital at Sciennes Road has been home to thousands of children and their families in the building many have grown to call ‘the sick kids’.

“Although the site has a developer lined up to take ownership of the site, patients and their families can rest assured that no changes will be made to the current facilities until they are set to move to the their new location in the £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Little France next year.”

David Fraser, partner with Ryden, adviser to NHS Lothian, said: “The property was put up for sale in November 2016 and naturally generated a great deal of interest which resulted in 21 formal bids being received in early 2017.

“After carefully consideration, six bidders were invited to provide additional clarifications whereby the Downing Groups was selected as preferred bidder.”

Community group Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust (MSDT), proposed a community buy-out for the site to be used for healthcare provision, quality affordable housing and infrastructure for community enterprise, said it was “gutted” that the application had been thrown out.

A MSDT spokesperson, said: “We are gutted that we have not even had the chance for our application to be judged by the Scottish Government, which appears to be in the dark about this sale.

“This application was considered as an ‘acid test’ for the new urban right to buy laws and we feel very disappointed, as will many people in the community around the Sick Kids, that we did not get the chance to show how it would work.

“The reality of this decision is that only the bare legal minimum of the sorts of things local people suggested for this site – such as the affordable housing, more space for the local school and community facilities – is likely to happen now.”

Edinburgh’s £150m Sick Kids Hospital hit by further delay

RHSC + DCN view from aboveThe opening of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh has been delayed for another two months, it has emerged.

NHS Lothian said the £150 million facility at Little France on the outskirts of the city will now not be open until spring 2018 at the earliest.

The replacement hospital was originally supposed to be open by the winter of 2012, only to be held up by a protracted land swap deal.

The opening was delayed again last year after Dunne Group and JB Brickwork, two of the companies working on construction of the hospital, entered administration and provisional liquidation respectively resulting in a temporary pause to their work streams.

The health board said it was putting back the opening date to ensure the “safe and effective” opening of the hospital, which will serve youngsters right across the east of Scotland.

Jacquie Campbell, chief officer for acute services at NHS Lothian, told Forth News: “This is a huge project and it’s vital that we the building is fully operational before it opens to ensure we provide the best possible care to all our patients.

“Staff are being kept up to date with any developments on moving dates.”

Construction work on the hospital started in early 2015. The project is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model.

Care projects deliver healthy boost to Esh Border Construction

Roxburgh Street surgery in Galashiels

Roxburgh Street surgery in Galashiels

Esh Border Construction has enforced its sector specific specialist capabilities with a host of healthcare projects.

The Livingston-based firm has delivered a number of builds for key clients totalling around £13m over the last three.

Across each site, Esh Border Construction has aligned the meticulous standards expected of public sector healthcare facilities with dynamic design, modern construction techniques and energy efficient methods.

The works include the complete build of a new medical centre and ambulance crew base in Galashiels.

This £1.8 million project saw Esh Border Construction transform the site – a former Borders ambulance base – into a purpose-built health centre accommodating GPs, health visitors and district nurses for NHS Borders.

It included the construction of consulting rooms, ambulance crew rooms and numerous facilities associated with a modern health centre.

Eyemouth Health Centre

Eyemouth Health Centre

Esh Border Construction also delivered an extensive £1m refurbishment and extension of the Eyemouth Health Centre.

The project involved stripping back the existing health centre and day hospital before reconstructing to extend both. The works were undertaken at a live site which was still being utilised by patients and adhered to strict infection control standards whilst maintaining access.

The firm also undertook the £2m construction of a new complex care facility for Midlothian Council in Penicuik, which included site works, drainage and landscaping.

The labour ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston

The labour ward at St John’s Hospital in Livingston

Regional managing director of Esh Border Construction, Simon Phillips, said: “It is vital when undertaking healthcare projects to deliver exactly what is required to a meticulously high standard – our clients and the public rightly expect nothing less from us.

“Careful planning and preparation is put in by our teams in full consultation with the client, with project commencement representing the culmination of a huge amount of partnership work.

“We take great pride in producing a final outcome which is indicative of a modern health care facility whilst maintaining the highest standards, ease of use and access for the general public.”

Esh Border Construction are also appointed to the minor works framework with six NHS Boards including NHS Lothian where Esh Border Construction has a legacy of delivering healthcare projects, going back to an extensive calendar of complex works at St John’s Hospital in Livingston in 2014. This included operations in the burns unit, labour ward, special care baby unit, Macmillan Cancer Research Centre, MRI facility and garden.

Development opportunity for over 800 homes at former West Lothian hospital site

Bangour 2The site of a former West Lothian psychiatric hospital which could become the site of hundreds of new homes after being brought to the market for sale.

Extending to 87 hectares (215 acres), the former Bangour Village hospital in Dechmont provides the potential for up to 800 new build homes and the conversion of existing buildings to form a further 91 residential units, subject to planning permission.

The hospital was built by architect Hippolyte Blanc in the early 1900s as the Edinburgh District Asylum and was designed as a self-contained community supported by its own amenities which included a village shop, church and railway. The use of the hospital diminished upon the opening of the local St John’s Hospital in Livingston in 1989, eventually closing completely in 2004.

Comprising open space, mature woodland and derelict buildings, the site was designated as a Conservation Area in 1993. It is bounded by open farmland to the north, east and west, and the village of Dechmont to the south west. It is zoned in the adopted West Lothian Council LDP for 500 homes and in the Proposed LDP (October 2015) for 550.

There are 15 listed buildings on site (two A-listed, three B-listed and ten C-listed) together with 30 non-listed buildings. All of the buildings on site are unoccupied.

Bangour 1In August 2015 an application for Planning Permission in Principle for a residential and mixed-use development was submitted to West Lothian Council along with applications for the demolition of listed and non-listed buildings. The masterplan proposes 891 residential units; a new primary school on site and circa 1,000 sq m of ancillary use. A total of 134 units (15% of the completed units based on 891 residential units) are to be affordable housing.

A decision on planning is expected in summer 2017.

The Scottish Futures Trust has been working with NHS Lothian to develop and deliver a strategy for the sale of the site with a focus on working up a commercially viable plan informed by stakeholder engagement.

Stewart Taylor, senior director at property consultants CBRE, which has been instructed to sell the development, said:  “We are delighted to bring this unique development site to the market for sale.  Bangour Village hospital offers an exceptional opportunity to acquire a significant site in the heart of Scotland’s central belt on the M8 corridor that is suitable for a variety of uses. Considerable work has been done by the vendor and their consultants to prepare the site for sale. We are confident there will be strong interest in the site and it’s likely a closing date will be set in early course.”

Justin Lamb, director at Justin Lamb Associates, added:  “Bangour is probably the best opportunity in Scotland to deliver a new village within an existing mature landscape setting, with refurbished listed buildings and a new primary school on site; providing the ideal setting for professionals and families of all ages.  It also includes excellent commuter links to the major employment centres of Livingston, Edinburgh and Glasgow with relative ease.”

Public private partnership award for East Lothian Community Hospital

(from left) Eddie Robertson (Morrison Construction), Steve Shon (NHS Lothian), Paul McGirk (Hub South East), Miriam Anderson (NHS Lothian), David MacDonald (Scottish Futures Trust)

(from left) Eddie Robertson (Morrison Construction), Steve Shon (NHS Lothian), Paul McGirk (Hub South East), Miriam Anderson (NHS Lothian), David MacDonald (Scottish Futures Trust)

The East Lothian Community Hospital project has been recognised at the Partnerships Awards in London with a Silver award in the Best Healthcare category.

The new hospital is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner, hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor. The programme of works will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington, helping improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

Now in its 19th year, the Partnerships Awards, organised by Partnerships Bulletin, is the largest event recognising and rewarding the best in Public Private Partnerships and attracted entries from across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australasia and Asia.

The submission for Best Healthcare focussed on the development and delivery of the project and included innovation, design quality, delivering value for money and of course partnership working between the public and private sector.

East Lothian Community Hospital 3The judges were impressed with the quick procurement process that demonstrates how a well-thought-out PPP project can achieve sustainability while delivering best value for money. They also praised the scheme’s approach to risk assessment and procurement, which they said boosted its efficiency and contributed to the creation of a cost-effective asset.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that the East Lothian Community Hospital has been recognised as an excellent example of true public private partnership working. Our submission demonstrated how together we are meeting and indeed exceeding project milestones, delivering value for money and identifying innovative solutions which have ultimately allowed the design and start of construction of a high quality, modern hospital which has patients’ needs at its heart.

“This is hub South East’s largest project to begin construction, and the largest hub deal signed so far in Scotland. It’s been a real team effort and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian and our supply chain as we successfully deliver this important facility for the East Lothian area.”

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said:  “The partnership was praised for its approach to risk assessment and procurement and the quick procurement process.

“We are delighted by this achievement and look forward to the construction of the new community hospital continuing on site until 2019.”

Partners involved in the East Lothian Community Hospital project include:

  • Client – NHS Lothian
  • Development Partner – Hub South East Scotland
  • Tier 1 Construction Contractor – Galliford Try Building Ltd T/A Morrison Construction
  • Project Sponsor – Galliford Try Investments
  • Senior Debt Funding Partner – Nord/LB
  • Tier 1 FM – Galliford Try FM
  • Cost Consultancy / Project Management / Principal Designer – AECOM
  • Architect – Keppie
  • Health Care Planners – Capita
  • M&E Consultant – Rybka
  • Civil & Structural – Mott MacDonald

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.

Phase one of Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus redevelopment completed by Christmas

RoyalEdHospital_braininjuryThe project to redevelop the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus has taken another major step forward with the keys to the £48 million first phase being handed to NHS Lothian in time for Christmas.

The redevelopment of the hospital site was undertaken in partnership with hub South East Scotland, which has been involved from the initial stages of master planning, and main building contractor for phase one Morrison Construction.

Preparations are underway to start a rolling programme of service relocations to the new facilities and will see staff moving into their new surroundings throughout the first half of 2017.

Phase one of the campus redevelopment includes the Royal Edinburgh Building, a facility providing services for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, older people’s mental health assessment unit, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU) and the new Robert Fergusson national brain injury unit.

RoyalEdHospital_key hand overProfessor Alex McMahon, chair of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus project board, NHS Lothian, said: “We are delighted that we now have the keys to the new buildings.

“A lot of hard work has gone into reaching this important stage in the project and, while we are not yet at a stage to moving services into the buildings, it does represent a significant milestone in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus redevelopment.

“Throughout this process we have involved, listened to and taken on board the views of patients, staff and the public and we are confident that these new facilities will provide excellent mental healthcare to adults and older people in Lothian.

Jo Elliot, chair of hub South East Scotland, said: “I am delighted to mark the handover of Hub South East’s first revenue funded health facilities and largest completed project to date.

“Hub’s involvement from the beginning, helped shape the plans for this campus redevelopment and it’s exciting to be able to tour the new facilities and see the modern spaces patients and staff will soon be using. It’s also with great pride that we can demonstrate a range of community benefits, from supporting thirty apprentices and thirty seven new jobs during construction, to awarding 94 per cent of work packages to Scottish SMEs.

“One of the factors to the successful delivery of this project, delivered on time and on budget, was the relationship between ourselves, our supply chain and our client, NHS Lothian. We look forward to continuing this excellent working relationship as we further develop future phases of the campus together.”

RoyalEdHospital_receptionDavid Wilson, operations director for Morrison Construction, added: “Morrison Construction was appointed by hub South East and NHS Lothian to deliver the new Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus phase one and we are delighted to have fulfilled this goal.

“The new hospital is a first class facility and will transform and enhance healthcare for patients and staff and I very much look forward to seeing the hospital campus up-and-running and welcoming patients in 2017.

“Morrison is proud to have played a part in this project and we look forward to working with all stakeholders on future phases of this significant development.”

The redevelopment of the rest of the campus is planned in two more phased stages, subject to full business case approval and financial close. Phase two will include a new Integrated Rehabilitation Facility, a newly refurbished MacKinnon House and a new Facilities Management Centre.

Construction to start on £70m East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital 3Work on the new £70 million East Lothian Community Hospital will start in October after financial contracts were signed with the Scottish Government.

The facility, which is being developed jointly by NHS Lothian and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, will provide a fit-for-purpose facility to deliver high quality healthcare for the county.

The hospital is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner, hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor.

Richard Park, operations director at hub South Scotland Ltd, said: “This is Hub South East’s largest revenue funded project to date and we are proud to have worked in partnership with NHS Lothian for over five years – from the development of the masterplan and clinical model, through to the imminent construction of the new community hospital.

“It’s been a true collaborative effort to reach this exciting milestone and I’m delighted that we now have everything in place to enable our contractor, Morrison Construction, to start on site next month.

“We look forward to ensuring that the project not only creates a fantastic new healthcare facility for East Lothian, but that we deliver a range of community benefits for local people during the build, from apprenticeships to supporting local businesses.”

East Lothian Community Hospital 2In order to allow for works to start on the community hospital, a number of buildings which currently occupy the site will need to be demolished.

As a result, patients from East Fortune House at Roodlands will be relocated to Crookston Care Home in Tranent. The NHS floor at Crookston Care Home currently provides ‘step down’ care for East Lothian patients who have, in the main, been transferred from Edinburgh Hospitals. A new step down facility for East Lothian patients is being created in Liberton Hospital in Edinburgh to allow this move to take place.

The Physiotherapy Department at Roodlands will also transfer to Herdmanflat Hospital as part of this process.

Health secretary Shona Robison said: “Today is a very exciting milestone in the development of the new East Lothian Community Hospital. It has taken many years of careful planning to get to this point, but I am delighted to be able to announce today that construction work will start in a few weeks on this £70m project.

“The new hospital will be a significant addition to the local healthcare facilities available in East Lothian – bringing services back to the area and helping more patients get treatment closer to home. I look forward to work getting underway and seeing this fantastic new facility become a reality.”

East Lothian Community Hospital 1The first phase of works will see the outpatient department and combined endoscopy/surgery suite developed at the current Roodlands Hospital site.

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this point and I’m delighted to say that construction of the new hospital will soon start.

“The community hospital will make a huge difference to how and where people in the county are treated. Services which are currently being delivered in ageing facilities at Roodlands and Herdmanflat can look forward to being transformed within the new building. It will mean closer and more joined up working between staff and services and will bring an improved experience for all of our patients.”