NHS Orkney

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.

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.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secures Orkney hospital contract

NHS Orkney health facility 1Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has won a new contract with NHS Orkney and Robertson Capital Projects on the £64 million new hospital and health care facility.

The company’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Capital Investment services team has secured the role of Independent Tester on the project which will involve checking the design and specification of the construction of the building and related infrastructure.

Derek Sharkey, technical director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s PPP and Capital Investment team, said of the win: “We are delighted to have secured this commission, which is personally pleasing having worked with NHS Orkney during my time at hub North Scotland.

“This win for us is another important milestone as we continue to invest in our Public Private Partnership advisory in Scotland.

“We look forward to working with both NHS Orkney and Robertson Capital Projects on this life changing project for people across Orkney.”

Neil McCormick, managing director at Robertson Capital Projects, said “We are pleased to have made the joint appointment with NHS Orkney of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to this important role which will support the quality focused delivery of this significant project.”

The contract adds to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff current portfolio of PPP projects across Scotland, where it is in the process of working as funder’s technical adviser on hub South East, providing technical support to close its fifth revenue funded project this year.

The consultancy is also providing technical asset management support including fire and latent defect surveys to investors across numerous portfolios in Scotland.

£60m Orkney hospital clears final planning hurdle

NHS Orkney health facility entrance viewRobertson Capital Projects is set to start work on Orkney’s new £60 million hospital in “the very near future” after councillors granted the facility planning permission this week.

Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee approved the project with the additional recommendation that the integrity of the 20m buffer zone be protected by moving the pedestrian path to follow the line of the emergency road and that appropriate lighting by installed there.

Cathie Cowan, NHS Orkney chief executive, said: “The Board is delighted that Robertson has achieved this important milestone, which, with the approval of the Board’s Full Business Case by Scottish Government last month, allows us to finalise the contract in the coming weeks.  We look forward to seeing a start on site in the very near future.”

The hospital has previously won the backing of the Scottish Government which approved the health board’s business case last month.

Robertson Capital Projects was awarded a contract for the delivery of the new build in June this year and will manage the design, construction and maintenance of the facility.

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

Neil McCormick, managing director, Robertson Capital Projects, added: “We are delighted that the planning application was presented with recommendation for approval at today’s meeting. Our team has worked extensively with OIC planning officials since our appointment as Preferred Bidder, and I believe today’s formal approval reflects those positive engagement efforts.

“Working in close collaboration with NHS Orkney we have continued to foster positive relationships with local stakeholders as part of our commitment to community benefits, and we look forward to continuing this close working relationship with all parties as we deliver a building of the highest design and quality standards for the NHS and Orcadian community.”

NHS Orkney is now working to finalise the legal and commercial agreements as soon as possible to reach financial close.

Business case approved for £60m NHS Orkney facility

NHS Orkney health facility entrance viewThe full business case for a £60million new hospital for Orkney has been approved by the Scottish Government.

The project is the biggest in NHS Orkney’s history and will replace Kirkwall’s Balfour Hospital as well as integrating other health care facilities.

The new building, which will be established in the outksirts of Kirkwall, will include the relocated Skerryvore and Heilendi GP practices, as well as King Street dental services.

Cathie Cowan, chief executive of NHS Orkney, said “This is a significant day for NHS Orkney. The investment by the Scottish Government further enables us to transform the care and services that we deliver.

“This new facility is a key part of our ambitious programme to transform care and services, which to date has seen investment in primary and community care, the establishment of a small high dependency unit, a consultant led staffing model and a CT scanner to support service repatriation.”

Cathie added “My staff are simply amazing, their camaraderie and can do attitude is hugely appreciated.”

The health board have previously awarded a contract for the delivery of the new build to Robertson Capital Projects, who will manage the design, construction and maintenance of the facility.

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

Health secretary Shona Robison said: “I am delighted that the full business case for the new Hospital and Healthcare facility has been approved. This more than £60m project will provide a significant boost to the local economy during the construction phase, and once complete the hospital and healthcare facility will transform the way services are provided on the islands.

“These purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities will enable more services to be provided at the hospital, ensuring some of our most remote communities don’t have to travel as far for routine care.”

Robertson announced as successful bidder for Orkney hospital and health care facility

NHS Orkney health facility 1NHS Orkney has announced Robertson Capital Projects as the successful bidder for the islands’ new £60 million hospital and healthcare facility.

The purpose-built facility will contribute to high quality care, while improving the experience for patients, staff and visitors.

NHS Orkney health facility 2Robertson Capital Projects will deliver the project from design to construction and maintenance.

At a meeting of the NHS Orkney Board, at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, NHS Orkney chief executive, Cathie Cowan, said: “Today is hugely significant and, as Orcadians would say, we are a ‘peedie’ step closer in delivering a long awaited new hospital and healthcare facility for Orkney. This long awaited development will match our aspirations to deliver the highest quality care and services from fit for purpose facilities.

“The new building will also support the relocation of Skerryvore and Heilendi GP practices and King Street dental services. This investment, the biggest yet for NHS Orkney, will enable us to start providing services (which currently we rely on other Boards to provide) here and so support more care and services closer to home. Travelling outwith Orkney for routine care will become a thing of the past for many.”

NHS Orkney health facility 3Neil McCormick, managing director for Robertson Capital Projects, said: “We are delighted that Robertson has been selected to work with NHS Orkney under a 25 year partnership arrangement to deliver this significant investment. This is the start of a long term relationship. Over the coming months we will work together with all stakeholders to finalise the proposals for the design, construction, funding and maintenance of the project with a proposed start on site later this year.”

NHS Orkney health facility 4Kerry Alexander, NPD (non-profit distributing) programme director of the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “This is a landmark moment for the delivery of this new state-of-the-art hospital. With construction soon to start this will support many hundreds of jobs and be a boost to the local economy.”