Following the closure of the old Victoria Infirmary Hospital, when services successfully transferred to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the site has been declared surplus to requirements.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is expecting strong developer-led interest in the site and. David Loudon, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) Director of Facilities and Capital Planning, said: “The Board commenced marketing the site last October and have had a good response from the development industry.
“We now want to convert this interest into a firm sale and ensure this site is brought back into use for the local community sooner rather than later.”
The 9.5 acre site has been vacant since May 2015 following the successful transfer of services to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Since then, the Board had engaged with a number of community groups and organisations to keep them updated on progress.
Developers will also be required to outline their proposals for engaging with the community through the planning process and beyond. This approach is supported by Glasgow City Council who have confirmed that when plans for the site are submitted they will be subject to pre-submission consultation.
There has been a high level of community interest in the sales process with some community activists calling for more say on what happens on the site.
NHSGGC is committed to listening to community views whilst also ensuring that development proposals can be implemented.
Mr Loudon added: “We are in complete agreement with the community that the worst possible outcome would be for this key site to lie vacant and derelict. Therefore, we have asked developers to come forward with high quality proposals that they believe can be implemented.
“These proposals will then be subject to detailed scrutiny to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for the local community and the public purse.”
A closing date of 10th March 2016 has been set.
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