Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has secured a £46m contract to build the NHS Ayrshire & Arran Acute Mental Health and Community Development project in Irvine, Scotland.
The hospital is planned to be built on a 6.5ha site at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine. The single-storey building will have a floor area spanning 16,000m², housing 206 single bedrooms.
Under the contract, Balfour will finance, design and construct the building, and also operate the hospital for 25 years.
The majority of project funding has been secured from the Scottish Government's non-profit distributing (NPD) model.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran finance director and the project's senior responsible officer Derek Lindsay said that having the right facilities in the right place is important to the people of Ayrshire and Arran.
"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," Lindsay said.
Balfour Beatty Investments Scotland director Stephen Gordon said the company is pleased to bring this project to a 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," Gordon said.
Construction work will begin in July and the hospital is expected to be operational by summer 2016.
Image: Artist's rendition of the NHS Ayrshire & Arran acute mental health and community development project in Irvine. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty plc.