North Ayrshire Community Hospital, Scotland

We constructed a vital hospital for the local community, creating a patient-centred and flexible healthcare facility.

We financed, designed and built the NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital, located in Irvine in the west of Scotland. This integrated mental health and community development offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient facilities, including 206 beds for inpatients requiring a range of care. The hospital provides services that include adult mental health, addiction inpatient services, rehabilitation and re-enablement services, elderly mental health and long-term support.

We created state-of-the-art accommodation and landscaped courtyards to ensure patient comfort. The layout of the wards was carefully designed to provide a comfortable space for patients and staff. Design features include corridor seating areas overlooking outdoor landscape, customised signage and carefully selected colours, artwork and way-finding to help stimulate the memories of patients.


local spend


new apprenticeships


inpatient beds

The project was designed to create an accessible, inspirational facility, using the latest technology to deliver sustainable solutions for our customer. The facility was recognised by the Building Better Healthcare Awards, achieving the Building Class ‘Award for Mental Health Development’.

Balfour Beatty Investments will operate the concession for the facility over 25 years.

A hands-on approach

Throughout the project, we worked with the local community to engage residents and provide employment opportunities. We created 18 apprenticeships, work experience placements and local careers events. We also ensured that the majority of the contract spend was focused on engaging Scottish-based companies.