£161m Aberdeen hospitals construction contract signed

GRAHAM and NHS Grampian have signed a £161 million construction contract in Aberdeen’s Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre project.

The scheme is the largest project to be procured through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework, with Graham poised to start on site in November.

The Baird Family Hospital will be built on the site formerly occupied by the Foresterhill Health Centre and Breast Screening Centre on the Foresterhill Health Campus. It will feature maternity, neonatal, reproductive medicine, breast and gynaecology services as well as a patient hotel and teaching and research facilities.

The ANCHOR Centre will attach to the existing Radiotherapy Centre and bring haematology, oncology and radiotherapy day and outpatient services under one roof.  There will also be a lounge for teenage and young adult patients, an aseptic pharmacy to produce chemotherapy treatments and teaching and research facilities.

Gary Holmes, regional MD for Graham, said, “This is the culmination of a long but hugely fulfilling journey for us, during which we’ve brought to bear all the experience gained on a succession of major healthcare projects across the years. These are pioneering facilities that will enhance healthcare provision in the North East of Scotland for decades to come. It’s a landmark contract for us and moves our business on to the next level of delivery.

“The project team has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to get to this point. We now look forward to working with NHS Grampian and their stakeholders throughout the construction phase.”

NHS Grampian director Alan Gray added, “‘We are delighted to announce the formal signing of the Baird and ANCHOR project. Both projects will provide world class facilities for staff, patients and their families and an environment that has been designed with accessibility, quality and patient care firmly at the centre. We would not have reached this stage if had not been for the commitment and dedication by our combined projects teams who have faced numerous challenges professionally and who have worked collaboratively to enable the project to proceed. For their support I am truly grateful. We look forward to seeing the buildings emerge in the coming months.”