Public private partnership award for East Lothian Community Hospital
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.
The 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: