NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirms shortlist of bidders for new hospital build

NHS Dumfries and Galloway have confirmed that three bidders will compete for the contract to build the region’s new acute hospital in Dumfries.

Five companies expressed an interest and Balfour Beatty, High Wood Health (Laing O’Rourke), and Skanska were selected following a period of rigorous evaluation. The Board is now in the position to issue each of the three shortlisted companies with an invitation to “participate in competitive dialogue”, as required by the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations, 2012.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive, Jeff Ace said: “I am delighted to announce the successful completion of another key stage of this project. The calibre of companies that have engaged with us at the bidding stage demonstrates the scale of this development.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of submissions and our project team will now face an extremely difficult task in selecting our eventual partner in the delivery of Scotland’s latest and best acute hospital.”

The new hospital development will represent the single biggest investment in healthcare in Dumfries and Galloway and will bring benefits to the community through sustainability, social enterprise, employment and training opportunities.”

The invitation to participate in competitive dialogue will provide the three short-listed companies with the information required to help them develop their proposed solutions for the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new hospital. The site of the new hospital will be on land adjacent to the Garroch roundabout on the A75 west of Dumfries.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “We welcome the achievement of this significant milestone towards delivering a new hospital to serve the people of Dumfries and Galloway.  

“We look forward to the Board receiving innovative proposals from the shortlisted bidders that will deliver a modern, high quality facility that fits our vision of providing health services at the heart of local communities.”