Deanestor completes Aviemore community hospital fit-out contract

DUNFERMLINE-based Deanestor has completed a fit-out contract at a community hospital in Aviemore.

Built by Balfour Beatty for hub North Scotland, Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital – located in the Cairngorms National Parkrepresents a £20 million investment by NHS Highland.

Designed by Oberlanders Architects and Rural Design, the project is a finalist for Healthcare Development of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards.

120 rooms across the hospital have been fitted out by Deanestor. Bespoke furniture was manufactured in accordance with SHTM 63, including storage cabinets, wardrobes for inpatient rooms, shelving, worktops, and fold-away beds.

Ramsay McDonald, MD of Deanestor Scotland, explained, “This project follows our successful delivery of two recent education projects for Balfour Beatty and hub North Scotland. As specialists in healthcare furniture, it really showcases our technical capabilities. The new community hospital will provide a valuable local facility for the people of Badenoch and Strathspey.”

Badenoch and Strathspey is one of two community hospitals built for NHS Highland. The new Broadford Hospital on Skye is also being fitted out by Deanestor.

The storage solutions manufactured for Badenoch and Strathspey had a laminate finish in two shades of blue to reflect the sky and the sea in the surrounding landscape. Darker blue was used for the inpatient bedrooms and utility areas, with aqua for the treatment areas.

As part of the infection control strategy, infill panels were designed to fully integrate the wall cupboards up to the ceiling. Deanestor explained that this feature is an ‘efficient and highly effective’ alternative to sloping cabinet tops to avoid dust gathering on top of the units in clinical areas.

Deanestor’s contract included supplying curtain tracks around the beds in the treatment rooms and bedrooms, and manufacture of the main reception desk which was finished in glacier white with an oak laminate finish.

The treatment rooms have fitted cabinets with roller shutters and drawers below. Deanestor fitted out the pharmacy with tall cabinets, worktops, dispensing cabinets with integrated trays, and metal drugs cabinets. The team also installed specialist equipment across the hospital including physiotherapy bars, white boards, dispensers, sanitisers, and appliances.