The work involves the delivery of 14 primary care centres across the country to a 27-month programme. The new facilities will be built in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford under the deal, which is worth about €140m (£106m).
Delivery of the programme is by a consortium of Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners. The consortium had been chosen last May as preferred tenderer for the 25-year public-private partnership to design, build, finance and maintain the care centres. Since then the consortium has worked closely with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) to reach financial close.
The design process has focused on elements such as energy conservation, materials selection, operational needs and maintenance requirements, all aimed at delivering value for money for the HSE and NDFA.
A key element of the project will be local procurement, with companies such as Balfour Beatty Ireland, JJ Rhatigan & Company and Aramark Ireland forming the backbone of the delivery team. Local subcontractors and suppliers will also feature strongly in each project.
In addition to GP services at each of the new primary care centres, some sites will include additional facilities such as dental services, physiotherapy, speech and language services and community nursing.