The new development will be built on a 6.5 hectare site at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, bringing together a range of outpatient and in-patient facilities. The development includes 206 single en-suite bedrooms, in a primarily single storey building, covering a total floor area of circa 16,000m2.
The project is being funded using the Scottish government’s non-profit distributing (NPD) model. Balfour Beatty was named preferred bidder in February. (See previous report here.) It has been the fastest NPD project of the current tranche of NPD projects to achieve financial close, Balfour Beatty said.
Balfour Beatty will finance, design and construct the project and operate the concession for 25 years. Construction work will start in July 2014, with the new facility expected to be operational in summer 2016.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran finance director Derek Lindsay said: “Having the right facilities in the right place is important to the people of Ayrshire and Arran so I am delighted work will start next month. During the process of reaching financial close we have worked closely with Balfour Beatty and we are confident that together we will deliver the best facility possible.”