News Balfour Beatty Closes £46m Ayrshire Mental Health Project

Balfour Beatty has achieved financial close on a £46m mental health and community centre for NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

The new facility will bring together a range of outpatient and in-patient facilities on a 6.5-hectare site at Ayshire Central Hospital in Irvine.

It will include 206 single en-suite bedrooms in a primarily single storey building covering 16,000 square metres. The project is expected to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Balford Beatty will finance, design and build the centre. It will also manage it for 25 years.

Work is expected to start in July and the facility is expected to be operational by 2016.

The development is being funded through the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing model and is the fastest project of the current round of NPD schemes to achieve financial close.

Derek Lindsay, NHS Ayrshire & Arran director for finance and senior responsible office for the project, 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.”

Stephen Gordon, Balfour Beatty Investments’ Scotland director, added: “We are delighted to bring this project to financial close, enabling construction to get underway. Balfour Beatty has extensive experience in the PPP health sector and we look forward to working with NHS Ayrshire & Arran to provide a high-quality healthcare facility for the local community.”

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