A new, purpose built ambulance station has been officially opened in Melrose this summer – completed on time and on budget earlier this year by Hub South East Scotland and its contractor Morrison Construction.
The facility, situated in the grounds of Borders General Hospital, cost £1.9 million and replaces the old station in Roxburgh Street that was built in 1976. It provides significantly improved, modern operational facilities for the 34 staff that are based there.
This is the first Scottish Ambulance Service facility to be delivered in Scotland through the Hub initiative, and as such, it has not only produced a high quality, fit for purpose building, it has also provided a range of community benefits for the local area, including 55 work placement days, more than 60 pupil/student visits, 2 new jobs and 3 apprenticeships.
As well as this, in an effort to retain local training and employment, Hub South East’s contractor, Morrison Construction, entered into a Joint Venture with Borders Construction – a local construction company to construct the facility.
Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted to have delivered the first Hub project in Scotland for the Scottish Ambulance Service and I’m proud that, as well as a superb new station, it has resulted in a range of community benefits for the local area, most notably encouraging local employment through a joint venture with Borders Construction.
“Feedback on the new facility has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Scottish Ambulance Service in the future.”
Eddie Robertson, Regional Director, Morrison Construction, said:
“With this contract, Morrison Construction further demonstrated its strengthened integrated construction and services capabilities. Through our joint venture with Borders Construction, we were able to support Hub South East in their first Hub project for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
“We were delighted to be able to hand over a state of the art ambulance station which meets the needs of both the crew and their patients.”
Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“This investment is part of a national modernisation and upgrade programme for ambulance stations around the country, ensuring that they meet all the latest NHS standards for the control of infection.
“Our excellent working relationship with our development partner, Hub South East, delivered a new high quality ambulance station on time and on budget, and means that our teams in Melrose now have a purpose built base that provides a modern work environment, with facilities that support clinical development and the continued delivery of the highest standards of patient care.”
John Moore, Construction Director, Borders Construction, said:
“As an SME based in the Scottish Borders, we’re proud to be part of these projects. Our involvement in a joint venture with Hub’s Tier 1 Contractor, Morrison Construction, is helping sustain local employment and local spend, which benefits the communities we work and live in.”