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The modernisation of community and hospital services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross made headway this week as the contract for a new hub in Broadford was secured.
Following the Scottish Government’s approval of the joint full business case in May, the board signed a £40 million contract with hub North Scotland Ltd to design and build two new community hospitals in Broadford and Aviemore on Monday July 2.
Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of strategic commissioning, planning and performance, said that this ‘significant milestone’ marks the start of construction of a new hospital for the communities of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.
She said: ‘This substantial investment in our estate will act as a springboard to enable the redesign of health and care services in these localities. I look forward to the construction work getting under way and to see the two new hospitals begin to take shape over the coming months.’
Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the main building contractor. The facilities are designed by architects Oberlanders and Rural Design, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor Rybka, and civil and structural engineers Waterman Ltd.
Michael Padzinski, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: ‘A lot of hard work has been carried out by all the stakeholders to reach this crucial stage. We are now looking forward to working together to deliver two top-class health facilities, which will bring huge benefits to these communities.’
Construction is due to start in Broadford in mid-August, with completion scheduled for spring 2021.