The project will see the development of a £64m New Hospital and Healthcare Facilities for NHS Orkney to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. Procured under a Non Profit Distributing (NPD) funding model and due for completion in Spring 2019, the new facilities will deliver a Rural General Hospital providing a range of accessible healthcare services from one location increasing Island resilience and creating additional capacity to support repatriation and service developments.

Designed by Glasgow-based Keppie Design working alongside AECOM and TUV SUD, the hospital features a distinctive curved form which provides both shelter from harsh weather conditions and highly functional clinical accommodation. Working with a Scottish Government long term project finance solution, Robertson will be responsible for providing investment funding, entering into a 25-year partnership with NHS Orkney and delivering the Design & Build and Facilities Management contracts. 

A total of 49 beds

The New Hospital and Healthcare Facilities project will provide a total of 49 en-suite bedrooms for inpatient, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Clinical accommodation includes emergency, theatres, endoscopy, day surgery, cancer and palliative care, radiology, dental, ambulance, renal, mortuary, pharmacy and outpatients. Two local GP practices will also co-locate in the new building together with support accommodation including catering, staff changing, ICT, decontamination, energy, multi-faith, clinical support and general FM.

In total, some 14,500m2 of accommodation is being provided which blends strong clinical relationships arranged and wrapped around a single fluid public space. The wayfinding strategy is simple and intuitive and the building orientation has improved the hospital's direct relationship with the approach from Kirkwall town centre to improve user, staff and visitor arrival. The design is a strong, contemporary building rooted in the unique culture and context of Orkney. 

Community benefits

Throughout the construction and operational phases Robertson will deliver a range of community benefits including apprentice and graduate opportunities; working with SME's through the provision of local business opportunities; and providing learning and engagement opportunities in liaison with local education stakeholders. 

Robertson Capital Projects, the project management and investment subsidiary of Stirling based Robertson, has led detailed negotiations with NHS Orkney throughout the competitive dialogue and preferred bidder phases. In addition to an investment of £4.9m, the company has entered into a long-term Management Services Agreement to deliver financial, administration and ongoing project management support. 

I am delighted that we have reached financial close. The new facility is part of NHS Orkney's wider ambitious healthcare investment programme. She added 'I am looking forward to working in partnership with Robertson to deliver the biggest single site capital project in Orkney. During the course of the contract Robertson has committed to delivering a range of local community benefits and we look forward to monitoring the long-term impact of this substantial investment for Orcadians. 

– Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Orkney

Neil McCormick, Managing Director of Robertson Capital Projects, commented: " Robertson will use the skills of its capital projects, construction and facilities management subsidiaries to deliver this major new healthcare investment in Orkney. This underlines our significant role as a major partner with the NHS in the delivery of the very best clinical and user focused NHS accommodation. We would like to thank NHS Orkney for the significant effort and leadership they have demonstrated in driving forward this unique project and look forward to progressing site based operations in the immediate future ". 

Robertson's adviser team comprised Pinsent Masons (Legal); Johnston Carmichael (Financial); Arthur J. Gallagher (Insurance); and Johnston Houston (Diligence).  

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