Graham has sights set on £45m Edinburgh eye hospital

Chris MacLeod (framework director, Graham Construction) and NHS Lothian site director Aris Tyrothoulakis

GRAHAM Construction has been chosen to build a new £45 million eye hospital in Edinburgh for NHS Lothian.

The project was procured through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework and will replace the existing Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, which opened in 1969.

The Initial Agreement has already been agreed by Scottish Government and a meeting is being held on July 19 to present and discuss the next steps, which will allow NHS Lothian, Graham Construction and other bodies to create a full business case.

The new hospital will be based near to the Royal Infirmary on the Edinburgh BioQuarter campus and is expected to support the delivery of eye services to around 84,000 outpatients annually and carry out nearly 12,000 operations per year by 2030. The Edinburgh BioQuarter is a partnership between NHS Lothian Scottish Enterprise, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh City Council.

Jacquie Campbell, NHS Lothian chief officer and executive lead for the project said, “I am very excited about the developments being made for the new eye hospital, and I speak for the rest of the project team when I say, we are delighted with the announcement of the successful appointments so far. We will spend today with some of our key stakeholders to share our vision, culture and goals for the project, so that we can start turning the Initial Agreement into a reality.”

Chris MacLeod, framework director for Graham Construction added, “We are privileged to be working with NHS Lothian and its stakeholders in the development of the new Edinburgh eye hospital and in equipping it to offer the highest quality of care to the region and beyond for years to come.”

The architect for the project will be NORR Consultants.