The modernisation of Glasgow's hospital services took a major step forward today with the signing of a new £180m contract to design and build the new Stobhill and Victoria hospitals.
A further £20m will be invested in new equipment bring the total investment to £200m. This represents the biggest single investment in new NHS facilities in Scotland and is amongst the largest investment of its kind in the UK. It will provide a major boost to the economy of the city with hundreds of new construction jobs created during the building period.
The two new state-of-the-art hospitals, which represent a total investment of £200m, will provide a wide range of specialties including general day surgery, ENT surgery, gynaecology, urology, renal dialysis, plastic surgery and 12 short-stay surgical beds as well as outpatient clinics, diagnostic services and therapy care.
Building work will begin later this year and it is expected the two hospitals will be treating patients by 2009.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:"This is an tremendously exciting time as it represents the beginning of ambitious hospital modernisation programme which will see the completion of a new West of Scotland Cancer Centre on the Gartnavel Hospitals site and the submission of a business case for a new£100m children's hospital on the Southern General Campus at the end of this year.
"In addition to being a major investment in healthcare, the new construction jobs created will also benefit the local economy."
Andrew Gordon, Chief Executive of Canmore Partnership Ltd, who led negotiations for the successful bid, said: "We are delighted our partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be providing the excellent hospitals which patients and staff deserve."
Ian Tyler, Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty, said: "We are delighted to have reached this landmark stage in partnership with both Canmore and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and now look forward to delivering two brand new hospitals that will significantly enhance acute hospital care throughout Glasgow."
Alastair Stewart, Divisional Director at Currie & Brown, lead technical advisors on the project: "This is one of the largest and most complex healthcare projects in Scotland, involving the design and cost management for not one, but two hospitals at the same time.
"When complete, it will provide state-of-the-art health facilities for the people of Glasgow in a modern care system."
For more information, contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde press office, tel:0141 201 4429.
Images of artist's impressions of the new Victoria and the new Stobhill as well as images from the signing are available from the press office.
Notes to editors
Key companies involved in the project include:
Atkins – specialist PFI healthcare advisors
Balfour Beatty – engineering, construction and services group
Canmore Partnership Ltd – appointed PFI concession company
Currie and Brown – technical advisors
Ernest and Young – financial advisors (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)
Keppie Design - architects, interior designers and planners
Maclay, Murray and Spens – legal advisors (project)
Quayle Munro - financial advisors (project)
McLay Collier – consulting engineers
Shepherd and Wedderburn – legal advisors