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Major Boost for Construction Industry

February 16, 2009 9:00 AM

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The construction industry is set for a major boost as the process to award the contract for Scotland’s biggest ever hospital project gets underway.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has now officially embarked on a process to invite potential bidders for the new South Glasgow Hospitals campus.

Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC’s Acute Division Chief Operating Officer, said: “As the most ambitious NHS building project ever undertaken in Scotland, not only will many thousands of patients and staff benefit from the development but given the current economic downturn the timing of this project could not be better. The project will undoubtedly give the construction industry and the wider the local economy an enormous boost."

Health chiefs plan to do all they can to retain a significant proportion of the investment in the local economy. By working closely with the successful bidder the Health Board aims to support local businesses through local procurement initiatives as part of the four year build programme.

In addition the project will also aim to sustain local employment and maximise new training and employment opportunities both during the construction phase of the project and also once the new campus is up and running.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The new publicly funded Southern General is a massive construction project for Glasgow and indeed Scotland as a whole. Beginning the process of inviting bids from construction companies marks a major milestone in the delivery of this huge investment of public money – which will also be a substantial source of new jobs.

“I welcome the health board’s commitment to support the local construction industry and other local business, underlining the vital role our NHS has to play in helping the Scottish economy through this difficult economic climate and on the road to recovery.”

Alison Sinclair, Chief Executive of Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency, said: ''As the economy enters an uncertain period today’s announcement by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde not only signals a major investment in health services but also a significant investment in the communities of South West Glasgow. We welcome NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's commitment to work with partners, through pursuing community benefits in the procurement of the new hospitals, to maximise training and employment opportunities for local communities in Glasgow.”

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Notes to editor

The new Southern General Hospitals project will deliver a state-of-the-art a new 1109-bedded adult hospital and a new 240-bedded children’s hospital, together with a major laboratory development and a significantly upgraded maternity unit on the Govan site by 2015. Some of the existing buildings on the Southern Campus will remain, bringing the total bed numbers on the site up to around 1950. The renowned Neurosciences and Spinal Injuries Units will stay on site providing specialist head, brain and spinal injury care for patients from all over the West of Scotland and beyond. In addition, the modern Langlands Building, which provides specialist rehabilitation services for older people will be retained along with the associated Physical Disability Rehabilitation Unit.

This investment in the new hospitals and maternity unit, together with the new laboratory facility will transform the experience of healthcare for patients and staff alike. It will see Glasgow become the home to the largest, most advanced single NHS development in the United Kingdom. Achieving this ‘gold-standard’ of triple co-location will ensure immediate access to specialist services of all kinds and therefore the highest quality and safety standards for adults, children and babies alike.

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