Work begins on Ardrossan medical centre

Work begins this week on building the long-awaited and much-needed new medical centre for Ardrossan.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company is delivering the project to transform a derelict site containing the listed former police station into a state-of-the-art 10,000 sq ft health centre – and through development partner hub South West Scotland construction has now been procured, with Morrison Construction brought on board as contractors of the £2.5 million refurbishment.

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The new Ardrossan Medical Centre has been designed to provide enhanced health services which will meet the needs of the local population in a modern, bright purpose-built centre. The new facility will enable minor surgery and enhanced clinical services to be delivered locally as well as continuing to provide a range of community services such as health visiting, dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy and district nursing. The development will provide an excellent improvement for residents and also a first-class facility for visitors - sited as it is very close to the ferry terminal to Arran.

Once completed, the GPs partnership will take a 25-year lease on the new building supported by the NHS, to provide a doctors surgery and ancillary healthcare. Irvine Bay successfully secured £2.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government as part of its commitment to "shovel ready" projects.

The Ardrossan Medical Centre project is hub South West’s first financial close – a major milestone for the organisation.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: "The local community will be pleased to see work begin on such a needed and long-awaited development for the town, that will primarily be of benefit to local residents but will also be a valuable resource for tourists and visitors. It will also transform a derelict eyesore on one of the major routes in the town and return to good health a listed building."

hub South West’s Chairman is John McClelland CBE. Speaking on behalf of hub South West, Mr McClelland said: “This medical centre is the first project of a £400 million programme to build sustainable community-based facilities across Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway. We are delighted to be delivering hub’s first project in the Irvine Bay area. We are committed to delivering a fantastic new facility for the people of Ardrossan and are very pleased that we have been able to involve so many local businesses to deliver the projects.”

The long-term nature of the programme will help provide a range of business, employment and training opportunities for local organisations through a structured and measured approach to local community benefits planning.