Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £37 million contract to deliver two community hospitals in Scotland

9 July 2019


Balfour Beatty today announces that it has been awarded a £37 million contract to deliver two community hospital facilities in Scotland on behalf of hub North Scotland; Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital and Health Care Centre in Aviemore and the Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross Community Hospital at Broadford on Skye.

The contract will see Balfour Beatty construct two new 24 bed facilities which, on completion, will provide in-patient and X-ray services for the community in Skye and an urgent care facility, GP practice, in-patient and Scottish Ambulance Service facility in Aviemore.

Balfour Beatty was appointed as main contractor for the delivery of these works following close collaboration with hub North Scotland throughout the 18-month preconstruction phase ensuring the provision of the most cost-effective and high-quality design solution.

In line with Balfour Beatty’s commitment to reducing onsite activity by 25% by 2025, the facilities energy centres which will provide heating, electricity and water, will be constructed offsite to improve safety while enhancing productivity and efficiency on site.

In addition, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering will apply its ground engineering expertise and specialist geotechnical knowledge to deliver the project’s crucial ground engineering requirements including concrete driven piles.  

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director of Scotland and Ireland, said: “At Balfour Beatty, we are deeply committed to bringing value to the communities in which we operate.

“Our wealth of experience and expertise in community infrastructure, along with our continued focus to deliver high quality projects to budget and on programme, will ensure that the Skye and Aviemore hospitals will service the surrounding communities for years to come.”

Michael Padzinski, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland said: “We have already worked with Balfour Beatty on several community infrastructure projects and are looking forward to continuing that partnership to deliver the Badenoch & Strathspey and the Skye, Lochalsh and West Ross community hospitals for NHS Highland.”

Iain Stewart, NHS Highland’s Chief Executive, said: “The start of construction of these two hospitals marks another exciting step forward for NHS services in both Badenoch & Strathspey and on Skye and crucially supports our efforts to modernise and transform the delivery of healthcare in both regions. We very much look forward to delivering high-quality sustainable services that the communities can be proud of. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the significant contributions that both communities have made in helping to develop the wider health and social care redesigns.”

Balfour Beatty will engage with the local supply chain across both regions to create local jobs and boost the local economy. At construction peak, Balfour Beatty will employ a workforce of 200 including the recruitment of two trainee construction managers.

Works are due to commence this summer with completion expected in Spring 2021.




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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
  • Recently completed Balfour Beatty and hub North Scotland projects include the £47 million Lochside Academy in Aberdeen and the £30 million Elgin High School. Ongoing Balfour Beatty and hub North Scotland projects include the £34 million Lossiemouth High School and the £12.8 million Linkwood Primary School in Elgin.
  • Significant projects in the Balfour Beatty regional Scotland current portfolio include the Edinburgh Futures Institute at Edinburgh University, The Gatty Marine building for the University of St Andrews, Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus, University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching Hub, the Institute for Regeneration and Repair for the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment for Network Rail and A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Burnham for Transport Scotland.
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