hub North Scotland

hub North Scotland works with partners in the healthcare, emergency services and education sectors to deliver community based infrastructure projects
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hub North Scotland works with partners in the healthcare, emergency services and education sectors to deliver community based infrastructure projects

The driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects throughout the north of Scotland, after half a decade in operation, hub North Scotland has completed projects in the health care and emergency service sectors with an ongoing pipeline that also features a number of educational facilities. “hub North Scotland builds community facilities in northern Scotland, typically schools and healthcare buildings,” confirms Andrew Richmond, Chairman of hub North Scotland. “It is one of five such organisations in Scotland, each covering a particular geographic territory; our area covers over 60 per cent of Scotland’s land mass and the projects delivered, in build and approved total more than half a billion pounds in capital value. They are procured through a mixture of DBFM (design, build, finance and maintain) and D&B (design & build) processes.”

Working with partners in sectors such as healthcare, emergency services and education, the organisation has been at the forefront of the hubco model’s implementation throughout the country since its establishment in 2011. Indeed, the first DBFM programme in Scotland under the hubco model was delivered by hub North Scotland with the handover of the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village to NHS Grampian in December 2013.

This innovative 6500 square metre health care complex on Frederick Street, Aberdeen, features a range of facilities, from physiotherapy and dental provision through to 29 consulting rooms. An urban community hospital without beds, services for patients include radiology, cardiac rehabilitation, podiatry, dietetics, sexual health services and speech and language therapy. The state-of-the-art facility also has three internal courtyards that are designed to draw light into the entire building and thus create a feeling of openness.

Covering an expansive territory that stretches from the southern tip of Aberdeenshire on the east coast to the Orkney and Shetlands in the north, as well as Argyll to the south and the Western Isles, completed projects by hub North Scotland include the design & build of the Aberdeen Custodial Centre; the design, build, finance & maintain of Alford Community Campus; and the design & build of Anderson high school’s halls of residence.

“More recently completed projects are the new £33 million Inverness Royal Academy for the Highland Council and the £49 million Wick Community campus for the same client. Both facilities materially improve the educational infrastructure for local residents and replaced old and tired buildings that were no longer fit for purpose,” says Jill Adie, Business Development Manager at hub North Scotland.

Looking at current developments that are underway, Jill adds: “We are currently very busy and this year will deliver a £53 million high school and accommodation block in Shetland, a £17 million school for children with severe and complex needs in Aberdeen and a £9 million primary school in Dunoon. Meanwhile, in 2018 we will be opening healthcare facilities in Inverurie and Aberdeen, which has a combined valued of £21 million.”

The impressive and expansive level of work that hub North Scotland continues to deliver has not gone unnoticed in the industry, with the ISO 9001 accredited organisation becoming a finalist in two 2015/16 GO Awards Scotland, the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award and the Go Team of the Year Award. Moreover, hub North Scotland has been featured as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, an accolade that is viewed as a testament to the excellent work that hub North Scotland delivers.

Andrew discusses recent awards that the company has won: “We have been successful in being listed finalists at several award ceremonies, from Construction News to Scottish Property Awards and Partnership Awards; we have been delighted that our projects have picked up two of these awards as it means a great deal, not only to hub North Scotland, but also to our clients who have joined us in receiving these awards.”

He continues: “What sets us apart from our competitors is our ability to help our clients, from local authorities, NHS boards and the emergency services, gain access to specific funding streams and procurement processes that they may not be able to secure. We aim to channel this into the timely delivery of innovative, cost effective and high quality buildings. Furthermore, since we commenced operation we have been gradually investing in our team and resources to allow us to scale up activities and deliver further projects for our clients.”

Operating in an active market that has a strong need for new healthcare and education facilities, hub North Scotland is certain to enjoy a busy few years as it focuses on the successful completion and delivery of its broad range of projects. “Ultimately we are looking forward to providing further high quality community facilities that address local needs. In the longer term, we wish to focus to a greater extent on encouraging our clients to work together and help them come up with innovative, shared facilities,” Jill concludes.

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