O’HARE & MCGOVERN TO BUILD NEW £40M HEALTH CENTRE
The award-winning Newry construction company O’Hare & McGovern is to build a new £40m Primary and Community Care Centre for Lisburn.
It will be located at the site of the city’s Lagan Valley Hospital and will involve work for up to 250 people.
The Centre, which extends to almost 13,000sqm, will bring together eight GP practices in the Lisburn Health Centre as part of major plans to transform health and care services through greater integration.
Phased enabling works to divert utilities and demolish existing buildings is under way to clear the site for the construction work to start next April.
The new facility is being delivered by the consortium GPG O’Hare and it is anticipated it should be open to patients during the summer of 2021.
Directors Eamon and Cathal O’Hare, as well as Financial Director Pat Duffy, were at the Belfast offices of the accountancy firm KPMG to sign the contract with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Chairman Colm McKenna and Chief Executive Hugh McCaughey.
O’Hare & McGovern has been involved in the construction of several health care projects in Northern Ireland, the latest of which was a major community care centre in Ballymena in 2016.
Cathal O’Hare said both O’Hare & McGovern and GPG O’Hare were extremely excited to be entering into this long term partnership with the Trust which will see much improved health services being delivered to the local communities in the Lisburn area.
Mr O’Hare added: ‘We believe this will be a magnificent addition not only to the Lagan Valley Hospital, but also to the city and the well-being of people in the greater Lisburn area.”
Mr McCaughey said: ‘When this building is complete in 2021, it will become a hub for primary and community care services, bringing together a wide range of GP and Trust services under one roof.
The new hub will improve early intervention, bring services closer to the patients’ home and help to reduce hospital admissions. This will allow for even better joined up working between our staff and local GP practices and deliver better outcomes for our patients. The attention to detail in design of the building will meet modern accessibility standards to ensure patient privacy and dignity, and will provide a high standard of clinical accommodation for generations to come”.
Mark Lee, Primary Care Director at the Department of Health said: “This is a significant milestone in this exciting project which will radically reform the way services are designed and delivered. The new Hub will help deliver the Department’s vision set out in the ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together’ which puts people at the heart of all that we do. Going forward the people of Lisburn and the surrounding areas will be able to access a wide range of specialist services, care and support in the community setting.”
This project is proceeding as a 3rd Party Development (3PD) project, in line with the Ministerial Direction given by the former Health Minister in 2013. This Ministerial Direction aimed to test a unique procurement method of public and private partnership known as 3PD.