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Contractor named for Inverness National Treatment Centre

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Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £32M contract to build a new, world-class Ophthalmology and Orthopaedic health facility in Inverness on behalf of NHS Highland.

The contract award will see Balfour Beatty construct the 8,305m2 National Treatment Centre, including 24 inpatient rooms, five operating theatres, clinics and outpatient departments. In addition, the company will build minor operation and procedure rooms, consulting rooms, a café, children’s play area and office support rooms.

The new facility will provide elective orthopaedic surgery and full ophthalmology services to surrounding communities, helping to reduce the waiting times for patients across the Highlands.

Hector Macaulay, Regional Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business in Scotland & Ireland, said: “We are proud to be collaborating with NHS Highland to deliver a world-class National Treatment Centre that will improve the experience of patients through improved services and facilities.”

Deborah Jones, Director of Strategic Commissioning, Planning and Performance for NHS Highland, said: “NHS Highland are delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty again in developing this critical new facility which will deliver critical elective treatment for people in the Highlands and surrounding areas.”

Early works commenced in Summer 2020 with completion scheduled for 2022. At peak construction, the project will employ a workforce of 300, as well as several work experience placements.

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