One year after visiting the site to mark the start of construction, Health Secretary, Shona Robison MSP, returned, to celebrate reaching the highest point of the new development.
The vast programme of works at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital campus, which started in January 2015, will see the entire site transformed over the coming years with modern and fit-for-purpose facilities.
Phase one redevelopments include new accommodation for the adult acute mental health inpatient service, older people’s mental health assessment, Intensive Psychiatric Care Service (IPCU) and the new Robert Fergusson National Brain Injury Unit.
Representatives from NHS Lothian, its development partner Hub South East, and main contractor, Morrison Construction, welcomed the Health Secretary.
Young apprentice bricklayers, Dean Morton (20) and Martin Boylan (21), were also on hand to discuss their experience of working on site.
There are 16 apprentices gaining valuable training opportunities on the redevelopment, demonstrating that as a Hub project, there are a range of benefits being delivered, beyond the construction of the new facilities.
Health Secretary, Shona Robison, said: “It’s fantastic to see the progress that has been made on this project in just one short year.
“Today’s topping out ceremony takes us one step closer to seeing these vital new mental health facilities becoming a reality.
“This £48 million first phase redevelopment will bring new, fit-for-purpose specialist mental health facilities for people living both in the Lothians and across Scotland. The new Robert Fergusson National Brain Injury Unit, will ensure Scotland continues to be at the forefront of providing specialist therapeutic and rehabilitation services to patients who have suffered a brain injury.
“I look forward to seeing this project nearing completion over the next few months and know that both patients and staff will soon be able to reap the rewards of these wonderful new facilities.”
Tim Davison, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: “We are delighted to see this exciting project progressing so well on site.
“Seeing the buildings taking shape makes it all seem very real for our patients and staff. These modern and purpose-built mental health facilities will open within the next year and, having been shaped with the views of our patients, will allow our staff to continue to provide safe, effective acute care and rehabilitation.
“We are focused on delivering high quality mental health services to our patients and this major investment forms part of our wider commitment to improving quality in this area.”
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland Ltd, NHS Lothian’s development partner, said: “It’s exciting to welcome back Shona Robison MSP to the Royal Edinburgh Campus. The progress of the build is encouraging and I’m particularly proud that we are able to introduce the Minister to young apprentices working on site – demonstrating just some of the community benefits being delivered on this Hub project.
“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian to ensure that people across our area will benefit from modern, fit for purpose facilities and the community will benefit from local investment.”
Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s Regional Director said: “I am delighted to see the shell of the building substantially complete as it gives people a very visible reminder that this exciting project is more than half way to completion.
“People can now appreciate the size of the new hospital and this is creating a lot of fresh interest in the project in the local community and amongst staff who will be delivering mental health services from the new wards.
“Progress on the site is continuing to gather momentum and works on the internal fit out and courtyard landscaping are well-underway.”
Work on site is progressing well and is on schedule to be handed over in Winter 2016.