Balfour Beatty has secured a contract for the construction of a new ophthalmology and orthopaedic health facility in Inverness on behalf of NHS Highland.

Under the £32m contract, the company will construct the 8,305m² National Treatment Centre. This will include 24 inpatient rooms, five operating theatres, clinics and outpatient departments.

Additionally, the company will build minor operation and procedure rooms, consulting rooms, a café, play area for children and office support rooms.

Balfour Beatty UK Construction Services business in Scotland & Ireland regional managing director Hector Macaulay said: “We are proud to be collaborating with NHS Highland to deliver a world-class National Treatment Centre that will improve the experience of patients through improved services and facilities.

“This contract award is testament to our expertise and experience in delivering high-quality, complex hospital facilities, having most recently lead the delivery of the landmark NHS Louisa Jordan hospital as part of our efforts to tackle Covid-19, and are currently delivering two new community hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford.”

Surrounding communities can get services such as elective orthopaedic surgery and full ophthalmology at the new facility.

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In partnership with NHS Highland, the team will provide work experience placements and employment opportunities for local college as well as university students.

NHS Highland Strategic Commissioning, Planning and Performance director Deborah Jones said: “NHS Highland are delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty again in developing this critical new facility which will deliver critical elective treatment for people in the Highlands and surrounding areas.”

Early works started last year, with completion expected next year.

The project will employ a workforce of 300, during peak construction stage.