Contractor appointed for Royal Edinburgh Hospital scheme


Morrison Construction named phase one contractor

Morrison Construction has been named as the phase one contractor for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (REH) redevelopment.

The appointment by Hub South East Scotland on behalf of NHS Lothian will see Morrison Construction undertake the initial £41.8m phase, which has an anticipated completion date of 2017.

Phase one will deliver around 15,400sq m state-of-the-art specialist mental health facility providing services for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, intensive psychiatric care service (IPCU), the national brain injury unit, older people’s mental health assessment and treatment services.

David Small, chairman of the REH stakeholder board at NHS Lothian, said: “We are pleased to have Morrison Construction delivering phase one of the redevelopment. This first phase will let people see the start of the transformation and how the redevelopment will underpin the high level of patient care at Royal Edinburgh Hospital now and for future generations.”

Paul McGirk, chief executive of Hub South East Scotland, added: “We and our partners at NHS Lothian look forward to working with Morrison Construction to deliver this important project which will represent a significant improvement in the facilities available to patients and staff involved in the delivery of mental health care in Edinburgh.

“The team is also looking forward to working with the community during the course of the project creating employment and training opportunities for local people wherever possible and ensuring that local business benefits directly from the economic benefits an investment on this scale will deliver.”

The redevelopment is planned to be undertaken in phased stages and will also consider the potential for inclusion of services on other hospital sites such as Astley Ainslie Hospital.

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The REH provides acute psychiatric and mental health services, including treatment for learning disabilities and dementia. Its specialist services include centres for the treatment of eating disorders, substance misuse and young people’s mental health.