hub initiative’s first Scottish Ambulance Service project opens

Melrose Ambulance StationA new, purpose built ambulance station completed on time and on budget by hub South East Scotland and Morrison Construction has been officially opened in Melrose.

The facility, situated in the grounds of Borders General Hospital, cost £1.9 million and replaces the old station in Roxburgh Street that was built in 1976. It provides significantly improved, modern operational facilities for the 34 staff that are based there.

It is the first Scottish Ambulance Service facility to be delivered in Scotland through the hub initiative and has provided a range of community benefits for the local area, including 55 work placement days, more than 60 pupil/student visits, two new jobs and three apprenticeships.

As well as this, in an effort to retain local training and employment, hub South East’s contractor, Morrison Construction, entered into a joint venture with local firm Borders Construction to construct the facility.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have delivered the first hub project in Scotland for the Scottish Ambulance Service and I’m proud that, as well as a superb new station, it has resulted in a range of community benefits for the local area, most notably encouraging local employment through a joint venture with Borders Construction.

“Feedback on the new facility has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Scottish Ambulance Service in the future.”

Eddie Robertson, regional director, Morrison Construction, said: “With this contract, Morrison Construction further demonstrated its strengthened integrated construction and services capabilities. Through our joint venture with Borders Construction, we were able to support hub South East in their first hub project for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“We were delighted to be able to hand over a state of the art ambulance station which meets the needs of both the crew and their patients.”

John Moore, construction director, Borders Construction, added: “As an SME based in the Scottish Borders, we’re proud to be part of these projects. Our involvement in a joint venture with hub’s Tier 1 Contractor, Morrison Construction, is helping sustain local employment and local spend, which benefits the communities we work and live in.”

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