Balfour Beatty to build two community hospitals in UK

WCN Editorial Team 10 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Balfour Beatty has won a contract worth £37m to build two community hospitals in Scotland, UK.

Balfour Beatty will build the hospitals on behalf of hub North Scotland; Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital and Health Care Centre in Aviemore and the Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross Community Hospital at Broadford on Skye.

Pursuant to the contract, Balfour Beatty will build two new 24-bed facilities that will feature in-patient and X-ray services for the community in Skye and an urgent care facility, GP practice, in-patient and Scottish Ambulance Service facility in Aviemore.

Furthermore, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering will apply its ground engineering experience and geotechnical knowledge for the project’s ground engineering requirements including concrete driven piles.

Balfour Beatty said that it will engage local supply chain at both the locations and create local jobs. The company will employ about 200 staff during the peak construction period.

Works are scheduled to begin this summer and are expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.

The company also stated that the energy centres, which will provide heating, electricity and water, will be built offsite to improve safety while improving productivity and efficiency on site. The facilities are in-line with the company’s commitment of reducing onsite activity by 25% by 2025.

Balfour Beatty Scotland and Ireland regional managing director Hector MacAulay said: “At Balfour Beatty, we are deeply committed to bringing value to the communities in which we operate.

“Our wealth of experience and expertise in community infrastructure, along with our continued focus to deliver high quality projects to budget and on programme, will ensure that the Skye and Aviemore hospitals will service the surrounding communities for years to come.”

The company was appointed as main contractor to deliver the works, after closely collaborating with hub North Scotland throughout the 18-month preconstruction phase to ensure that it provides cost-effective design solution.

hub North Scotland CEO Michael Padzinski said: “We have already worked with Balfour Beatty on several community infrastructure projects and are looking forward to continuing that partnership to deliver the Badenoch & Strathspey and the Skye, Lochalsh and West Ross community hospitals for NHS Highland.”

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Image: A rendering of the two hospitals. Photo: Courtesy of hub North Scotland.

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