Initial preparatory works on the new £6 million plus facility will commence with immediate effect, and work on the project will begin in earnest by October this year with anticipated completion around late Autumn 2012.
The new facility will provide accommodation for Charlotte Street GP Surgery, Cairn Valley GP practice Dumfries branch, Cameron House Adult Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service, and the Integrated Substance Service for Children and Young People as well as a number of primary care services – podiatry, community nursing and health visitors.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:
‘I am pleased to say that over the next year £2.4 million will be invested as part of a total funding package of £5.4m to support this project. The centre is set to be a real benefit to the area and patients will be able to access more vital services locally.
‘Despite the significant cuts to Scotland’s capital budget, the Scottish Government is continuing to prioritise spending on improving facilities in our NHS. Not only will this improve buildings and equipment, it will support vital sectors of the economy such as the construction industry.’
Both Cameron House and ISS welcomed the decision. On completion of the project in 2012 they will move from their present facilities into the purpose built accommodation at Lochfield Road.
Elsewhere in Scotland, BAM is known for its work restoring the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and its recent completion of the Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow. Its properties arm is developing the prime retail site, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow.