Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has today (16 March 2010) cut the first sod of the £840 million* New South Glasgow Hospitals Campus - the largest single NHS hospital build project ever undertaken in Scotland.
It is not only a landmark moment for advancements in NHS care in Scotland but also marks the first steps towards major regeneration and economic benefit to Govan and the wider local economy.
When complete in 2015 the hospitals campus will deliver a truly gold standard of healthcare with maternity, children’s and adult acute services all together on the Govan site.
The construction of the new campus will support around 2500 jobs and once complete will contribute around £30 million per year** to the South West Glasgow economy.
Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Today is a momentous day, as work begins on the impressive laboratory development right at heart of the New South Glasgow Hospitals project - the largest single investment in health services ever undertaken in Scotland.
“This project will transform the future of healthcare in Glasgow for patients and staff alike. But the economic benefits start now. This major building project is entirely publicly-funded and will deliver a huge shot-in-the arm for the construction industry – at a time when the nation faces significant economic challenges.
“This project has the potential to regenerate and breathe new life into Glasgow’s economy and indeed the wider Scottish community.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “Effectively supporting and sustaining business and jobs in the local economy has been a key consideration in NHSGGC’s planning. The redevelopment of the Southern General site is a catalyst for wider economic and social regeneration activity, contributing positively to the physical development of the local area, the South West economy and that of the wider locality.”
“Of critical importance is ensuring that communities and businesses in Greater Govan and Glasgow are equipped with the right skills to benefit from these opportunities and this work is already underway.”
Brookfield Construction UK, the firm building the campus, have committed to working with NHSGGC and partner organisations to maximise opportunities for communities. Ross Ballingall, Director, Brookfield Construction UK, said: “Brookfield Construction is committed to creating employment and supporting businesses in the areas in which it is fortunate to work.
“With the size and timescale of the New South Glasgow Hospitals complex we have the opportunity to create a meaningful and lasting legacy for the surrounding area. We and our supply chain will, where possible, be advertising for local sub-contractors and offering jobs and training to local apprentices and people who are currently unemployed.”
Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency (GSWRA) will the lead partners with Brookfield Construction UK and NHSGGC as part of the plan to deliver targeted training and recruitment programmes and supporting individuals into employment.
Tommy Doherty, GSWRA Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be working in the heart of the community alongside the Health Board and Brookfield Construction to maximise all job, training and business opportunities created by the New South Glasgow Hospitals Campus.”
Glasgow City Council and Community Enterprise in Strathclyde will also work in partnership with Brookfield Construction to support businesses and social enterprises in the area to secure future sub-contracting opportunities.
Cardonald College, who run a number of apprenticeship programmes, welcomed the commitment to support communities move into training and employment. Susan Walsh, Principal and Chief Executive, Cardonald College Glasgow, said: “This regeneration of our local area, and subsequent creation of jobs which we hope many of our students can fill, is a tremendous boost for the south-west of Glasgow”
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email email@example.com.
Notes to Editors
*The cost to build the new hospitals is £670million however the total campus cost will be in excess of £840million with additional investments in internal roadways, patient transport terminuses and state-of-the-art advanced equipment.
**The estimated boost of £30 million per year to the South West Glasgow economy was arrived at by SQW, an independent company commissioned to look into the wider socio-economic benefits of the project by NHSGGC and its partners Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Community Planning Glasgow Ltd and Communities Scotland.
Images of the event are available on request.