Thumbs-up for £200m project
Dumfries and Galloway Council has granted planning permission for a long-waited new district general hospital.
To be built by Laing O’Rourke as part of a consortium also including Aberdeen UK Infrastructure Partners, Highwood Health, NBBJ, and Ryder Architecture, the hospital will be built on greenfield land next to the Dumfries bypass.
It is expected to cost around £200m under the Scottish Government’s non-profit-distributing model, an alternative to the traditional private finance initiative model that ensures profits are reinvested into the public sector.
Jane McElroy, principal at NBBJ and lead clinical designer for the new hospital, said: “The design will provide an uplifting, therapeutic and person centred environment for patients, staff and visitors as well as a high-quality setting for the delivery of effective clinical care.”
The proposed 60,000sq m scheme will replace Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and will include 340 beds, daycase and inpatient surgical suites, an emergency care centre, ambulatory care centre, and specialist oncology, maternity and paediatric facilities.
It is set to open in 2017.