THE new £17million Hunter Health Centre in East Kilbride has been successfully completed and delivered on time and on budget to NHS Lanarkshire.
The project was delivered by Hub South West, the public-private partnership set up in 2012 to finance and build community projects in Scotland’s south west area, including Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
The East Kilbride centre is the second successful handover to NHS Lanarkshire in the past two months, following the completion of Kilsyth Health Centre in March. The new facility features a large atrium space and provides a range of GP, dental and clinical accommodation and staff office space over five floors.
The four-storey, 6300 square-metre centre features a large atrium space and is located on land adjacent to the previous centre. The new building will provide accommodation for six GP practices, a general dental practice and a wide range of primary care services.
Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of Hub South West said, “The new Hunter Health Centre is the seventh facility we have delivered to clients on time and on budget in the past 18 months. It is testament to the partnership working of all stakeholders that the project was handed over on schedule. Particular thanks are extended to our multiple stakeholders including NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council, whose co-operation has been vital in the successful completion of the project. Thanks also go to our main contractor GRAHAM Construction for achieving this significant milestone.
“We are delighted to have been involved in this exciting new facility which involved the significant use of local tradesmen and will no doubt provide people in the area with an improved health care experience.”
GRAHAM Construction’s regional director Gary Holmes added, “Throughout this project, our whole team was focussed on the enormous benefits the new health centre would bring to thousands of people in East Kilbride. It will literally be a life-saving facility for many in the local community and we’re hugely proud to have delivered it on time and on budget.”
Mr McBrearty added, “By actively encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to join our Supplier Network, we provide local contract opportunities and help potential suppliers secure work via our Supply Chain Institute. Additional support is also available via our Skills Academy generating work placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”
During the past year hub South West has successfully handed over seven projects totalling £38million, with a further £110million currently in construction and £350million at the design development stage.
The partnership aims to invest over £1billion in new public buildings over the next 10 years, providing additional business and employment opportunities within Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.