Financial Close achieved for new district general hospital for Dumfries and Galloway designed by Ryder and NBBJ

Following the announcement on 26 September 2014 that the High Wood Health consortium (Laing O’Rourke, Serco and Aberdeen Asset Management) was selected as preferred bidder for the new £212m general hospital for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, High Wood Health announced on 11 March 2015 that financial close has been achieved on this project.

The new hospital, designed by Ryder Architecture and NBBJ is a 62,965m2 replacement hospital located on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Dumfries and Galloway and includes 340 beds, day case and inpatient surgical suites, an emergency care centre, ambulatory care centre, and specialist oncology, maternity and paediatric facilities.

Work is due to start on site in April 2015, with completion of the hospital expected Autumn 2017.

The new hospital serves a large rural community and with patients and visitors sometimes travelling long distances has been designed to be accessible, with simple access for those arriving for emergency care and welcoming and reassuring for those arriving for planned visits.

The dramatic landscape setting is emphasised throughout the design, both internally through the extensive use of glazing to create light and views through the building, and through the careful planting of the landscaped areas which range from woodland to formal gardens and courtyards.

The building is on track for a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Paul Bell, Ryder partner said:

“We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone in such a demanding timescale and have done so as a result of the coordinated efforts of an integrated project team. We look forward to meeting the challenges ahead and successfully delivering a hospital without compromise.”

Jane McElroy, principal at NBBJ and lead clinical designer for the new hospital said:

“With the themes of comfort and wellbeing for staff, patients and visitors foremost in our minds, we aim to deliver a therapeutic and inspirational new hospital for Dumfries.”

Dennis O’Keeffe, NHS Dumfries and Galloway project director for the new hospital said:

“Reaching financial close represents a pivotal moment for the delivery of the new hospital. The deal struck with High Wood Health represents excellent value for money for the Board over the duration of the entire contract that exceeds prior expectations. It incorporates an ambitious, innovative high quality design that is energy efficient, sustainable and adaptable and will enable the delivery of the Board’s new model of care. The deal will also bring with it numerous community benefits that include 150 new jobs entrants, 36 modern apprenticeships and a range of opportunities for small and medium businesses, boosting the local economy and contributing to economic regeneration.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with High Wood Health as our preferred bidder and together we have reached financial close in record time for a project of its scale and complexity.”

David Hunter, bid director for High Wood Health said:

“The journey to reach this milestone has been a fantastic example of collaboration between the NHS Dumfries and Galloway team, the hospital staff and end users, and the High Wood Health project team. The detailed work we have carried out together over the past few months has seen the completion of the clinical design and has paved the way for the delivery of a world class hospital; and an approach for construction that will ensure its positive impact upon the local community and economy.

“With financial close now achieved, High Wood Health and our partners are looking forward to progressing in earnest with the construction works on site – meaning the next phase in this landmark project can begin.”