Phase one of £28m Inverness hospital upgrade complete

L-R Pat O’Hare (contracts director, GRAHAM Construction), Doreen Bell (lead clinical adviser, NHS Highland), Mark Smith (senior project manager, GRAHAM)

A key milestone has been reached in the £28 million Raigmore Hospital Critical Services Upgrade (CSU) project in Inverness after GRAHAM Construction handed over phase one to NHS Highland.

The new ward areas for acute medical assessment, medical high dependency, surgical high dependency and intensive care have all been completed.

GRAHAM was appointed main contractor to refurbish the critical care and theatre suites. Phase two, which is already underway, will see the firm redevelop and upgrade operating theatres at the hospital, which services the population of the Highlands as well as Moray and the Western Isles.

Pat O’Hare, contracts director at GRAHAM Construction said, “We have worked closely in partnership with our colleagues at NHS Highland to successfully deliver this state-of-the-art facility, which is critical to the healthcare needs of the Highlands. GRAHAM Construction has significant experience in delivering modern healthcare facilities throughout Scotland, and we look forward to the successful completion of phase two of this important project.”

Kevin Minnock, project director for capital projects at NHS Highland added, “NHS Highland is delighted to accept handover of Phase B of the CSU Project from our Framework partner GRAHAM Construction. This phase of the project represents a key milestone in the overall delivery of the £28 million Critical Services Upgrade here at Raigmore. The new department of critical care offers a first-class modern environment for staff to deliver high quality critical care services for the patients of North of Scotland.

“I would like to offer thanks to our contractor GRAHAM, their supply chain members and the NHS Highland project delivery team for their dedication and effort in delivering this complex and challenging project. The unit should be fully operational in early July 2018.”

The Raigmore project is being delivered under the FS2 Framework which is providing design, development and construction projects across Scotland for the NHS. GRAHAM Construction is has been involved in a number of these projects, including the Baird & Anchor Family Hospital in Aberdeen, Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) in Stratheden Hospital, Fife, and work at Monklands Hospital, Theatre/ITU upgrade in Lanarkshire.