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Preferred Bidder Selected For Blawarthill

May 31, 2007 3:44 PM

The re-development of Blawarthill Hospital moves a stage closer today with the appointment of James Walker (Leith) Ltd as preferred bidder.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council will now conclude detailed negotiations with the developer which will see them build:
  • 60 nursing home beds for frail elderly NHS patients to be staffed by NHS clinical staff - this will replace the current 60 NHS continuing care beds on the site
  • 60 nursing home beds for social care
  • 24 sheltered housing units for Yoker Housing Assocation
  • Mainstream housing
It is expected that the new facilities will open in 2009.
James Walker (Leith) Ltd has a strong track record in the redevelopment of hospital sites, with projects in both Scotland and England.
For the Blawarthill re-development, they are in partnership with Southern Cross Healthcare Group, the UK’s largest provider of specialist services for people with physical and learning disabilities, and a team of specialist funders, designers and technical advisers with considerable experience of healthcare redevelopment projects.
They were selected from a long list of potential bidders in a detailed process that took several months.
Anne Harkness, Director of Rehabilitation and Assessment for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who is leading the project on behalf of the partners explained: “The project partners, Glasgow City Council and the Health Board , have been working closely for the last two years to progress the redevelopment of the Blawarthill site.
“Given the complex nature of the project, we needed to take time to evaluate the various bids. Not only were we looking for the developer that offered the best value for money but also one that best met the needs of all the agencies involved in the project. Above all others, the bid from Walkers and Southern Cross Healthcare fulfilled these criteria.
“The re-development of Blawarthill will ensure that a range of new facilities are available for the local population and allow current staff and patients to move to modern, fit-for-purpose facilities. “
John Campbell, Group Managing Director of James Walker (Leith) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be involved in our second redevelopment scheme with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The project complements our existing portfolio of healthcare partnership schemes very well and shall form an important aspect of the growth of the group’s construction activities in the West of Scotland. We are very pleased to have embarked upon a collaboration with Southern Cross and Yoker Housing Association and look forward to contributing to the NHS’s continuing process of improvement of these very important services in the Glasgow area.”
 
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Notes to Editors
The re-development of Blawarthill Hospital, located in the Scotstounhill district of Glasgow, was agreed in October 2000 following an extensive period of public consultation. Since then, joint project partners, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council, have been involved in detailed talks to develop proposals for NHS continuing care, nursing and residential care in a private and public partnership arrangement.
The 60 NHS beds on the Blawarthill site will remain in use until the new facilities are ready.  Given that patients will continue to be cared for whilst development is ongoing, the building work will be carried out on a phased basis. 
James Walker (Leith) Ltd is an Edinburgh-based group of construction companies established in 1863 with a range of activities north and south of the border. The group’s participation in the redevelopment of hospital sites includes the old Northern General in Edinburgh (1995) and NHS Greater Glasgow’s Care of the Elderly facility on the old Mearnskirk Hospital site, which has been in successful operation since 1998.

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