The new South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital For Sick Children will deliver a truly gold standard of healthcare on the Govan site, with maternity, children’s and adult acute hospitals, and state of the art laboratory services all together on the one campus. It will also have the biggest Critical Care complex and one of the biggest Emergency Departments in Scotland.

Brookfield Multiplex, are constructing the new 1109 bedded Adult Hospital and a 256 bedded Children’s Hospital which together will be the largest single NHS hospital build project in Scotland.

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The campus will also have 3 new multi story car parks and surface car parking giving a total of 3500 parking spaces.

The timetable for the New Hospitals, and Laboratory and Facilities Management building is shown below:

Timetable for New South Glasgow Hospitals and Laboratory Project

Event Milestone
New Laboratory & Facilities Management Building.  Completed on time and on budget

March 2012

Construction of Adult and Children’s Hospitals commenced

1st quarter

Completion (Construction) – Adult and Children’s Hospitals

1st quarter

Operational Date – Adult and Children’s Hospitals


Following the opening of the hospitals the final stage will be to demolish some of the old estate (surgical block) to complete the landscaping to the front of the new hospitals, this is planned to be completed summer 2016.

South Glasgow University Hospital

The plans for the complex will see a brand new 14-floor adult hospital with 1109 beds and state of the art Emergency, Acute Receiving, Critical Care, Theatres and Diagnostic Services. The facility will offer acute specialist inpatient care, medical day case services and also outpatient clinics servicing the local population.

Every patient in the general wards will have their own single room with an en-suite and views out across the campus and for some across Glasgow and to the hills beyond; no bedroom will overlook another.

Royal Hospital For Sick Children

A brand new children’s hospital, with a separate identity and entrance, will be adjoined to the adult hospital. With 256 beds over five storeys it will replace the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children located in Yorkhill.

The children’s hospital will provide a large number of specialist services to the West of Scotland and the wider population of Scotland in addition to the full range of secondary care services to people of Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Specialist services include: cardiology and cardiac surgery, renal and bone marrow transplantation. For a number of these specialised services, the children’s hospital is recognised as the sole provider in Scotland.

Stunning designs include a part covered roof garden where young patients can enjoy a range of activities in the fresh air including their own stage where they can put on theatrical productions. There will also be the ability for children to be brought out to the roof garden in their beds.

The new children’s hospital will be a mix of four-bedded and single-bedded accommodation as it’s been shown that a child’s health benefits from being around other children.

The new children’s hospital will not only be linked to the adult hospital but also to the redeveloped maternity hospital.


The Outline Business Case for the South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital For Sick Children was approved by the Scottish Government in May 2008.  The link below will access this document.  As you may imagine the appendices for this document are fairly large and have therefore not been added to the website.  However, should you wish a copy of these please contact the Project Offices - Telephone Number 0141 245 5700 who will be happy to provide you with a copy.

 Outline Business Case

The Full Business Case for the South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital For Sick Children was submitted to the Scottish Government at the end of 2010 and approval to go ahead with the build was given by the Government on 10th December 2010.  The Full Business Case is available via the link below.  As with the Outline Business Case the appendices for this document are fairly large but a copy can be provided by telephoning the number above.

Full Business Case

As described as part of the development of the South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital For Sick Children, there will be, in addition to the current multistory car park, two further multistory carparks and surface car parking to provide 3500 parking spaces.   The Full Business Case for the first of these multi story car parks was approved by the Scottish Governement in October 2012.  The Business Case is available via the link below.  The build of the first multistory car park is underway and will be completed by April 2014.

Carpark 1 Full Business Case


Brookfield started construction on the new laboratory and FM facility in early 2010, and it was completed on time on the 9th March 2012.

The laboratory accommodates blood sciences, pathology, genetics, microbiology, postmortem and mortuary services. The laboratory will be linked to the new adult and children’s hospitals via an underground tunnel.

The new FM facility will provide the FM management hub for the campus and the underground tunnel will provide a link for the robotics (automated guided vehicles) to deliver supplies to, and remove waste from, the new hospitals.

Project Management

NHSGGC Chief Executive Robert Calderwood, and David Loudon, Project Director - South Glasgow Hospitals Development / Director of Facilities and Capital Planning / Designate, are the key people responsible for the project.

Project Director David Loudon
0141 245 5700
Deputy Project Director Peter Moir
0141 245 5700
South Glasgow University Hospital Project Manager Heather Griffin
0141 245 5700
Royal Hospital For Sick Children Project Manager Mairi Macleod
0141 245 5700


The refurbishment of the Southern General Maternity Unit was completed at the end of 2009, marking the latest milestone of an ambitious strategy to improve services for mothers and children across the city.

Among its world-class facilities is the brand new foetal medicine department providing specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies from across Scotland. The hospital is also a national centre for certain specialist services for newborn babies and provides state-of-the-art intensive care services.

The Maternity building will be physically linked to the new children’s and adult hospitals via a walkway bridge.


A new state of the art Teaching and Learning Facility is being built on the site. This is a joint venture between NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and the University of Glasgow and will be co-located with the South Glasgow University Hospital providing benefits for staff and students and ultimately enhancing services for patients. The facility will consolidate a series of fragmented training locations throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde, replacing existing facilities on the Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary, Southern General and at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children hospital site which will close following the transfer of clinical services to the hospitals in 2015.

The new building will also house the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre which will provide unique services to enable world leading developments in Stratified Medicine in chronic diseases.

The construction of the new Teaching and Learning Facility is in progress with completion of the works anticipated in May 2015. The Full Business Case for the Teaching and Learning Facility can be accessed via the link below.

Teaching and Learning Business Case


A £20million administration complex for the site will provide some 1,200 workspaces for clinical and administrative staff transferring to the site from the Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary, parts of the existing Southern General and Yorkhill Hospital.  The Outline Business Case for the New Administration (office) block was approved by Scottish Executive in December 2013 and is attached below.

The Full Business Case for the New Administration (office) block was approved by the Scottish Executive  in January 2014 and is attached below.  Building works commenced in February 2014 and are due to be completed in April 2015.

New Administration (Office) Block Business Case