NHS and High Wood Health consortium reach financial close on major new facility


A Laing O’Rourke-led consortium has signed a deal to build a £270m hospital in Dumfries.

The High Wood Health consortium of Laing O’Rourke and Aberdeen UK Infrastructure Partners is set to begin work straight away on the 350-bed acute district general hospital for NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

The development is one of five healthcare projects being procured under the Scottish government’s Non Profit Distributing model. The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide £109m on a 26-year loan for the new hospital.

It will provide an emergency care department, a combined theatre complex for day surgery, endoscopy and surgical patients, and consolidated ambulatory care.

David Hunter, bid director for High Wood Health, said: “The detailed work we have carried out together [with the NHS team and the hospital] 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.”

It is anticipated that the hospital will open to its first patients in the final quarter of 2017.