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The Scotland-wide hub initiative is a national delivery vehicle for community infrastructure, which secures best value for the public purse. This trio of new Partnership Centres were delivered by development partner hub South East and main contractor, GRAHAM, on behalf of key stakeholders: NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council to replace existing premises which were no longer ‘fit for purpose’. However, they are designed to go beyond the built environment; to help integrate health, social care and council services in the heart of their local communities by creating ‘one-stop-shops’ to make it as easy as possible for local residents to access the care or services they need.



  • £12.1m Pennywell All Care Centre
  • £8.2m Blackburn Partnership Centre
  • £7.3m Allermuir Partnership Centre

Together, they represent a £27.6m capital investment in the local economy, extending much needed health care capacity via new GP accommodation, alongside a wide range of NHS Lothian primary care and council services.




Needless to say, Arthur McKay was delighted to be appointed as the fit-out contractor for these socially inclusive, progressive facilities. As well as carrying out a full M&E installation for heating, ventilation, water services, power, lighting and data, from connection of the incoming utilities (gas, electricity, water and telecoms) through to installation, testing and commissioning of all building support services, we also took on the design development for all three Partnership Centres. This involved developing the designs to current standards and service co-ordination to match the layout and minimise disruption to the internal fabric of the buildings.



All medical and patient areas are served by underfloor heating for increased energy efficiency and lower running costs. A sizeable solar PV array was installed at the Blackburn Partnership Centre, designed to sustain the centre’s energy needs and help the NHS towards national targets.



These projects represented a significant capital investment in improving public services for local people throughout the NHS Lothian region and so it was imperative to deliver best value. We were responsible for all building service installations being delivered across all three Partnership Centres (combined M&E value of £5.9m). This required substantial project and resource management, with all three programmes being delivered simultaneously to fast-track timeframes.



Arthur McKay is one of the few building services contractors that could resource such multi-million pound projects simultaneously, ensuring quality and value across the board.  As well as delivering on time and on budget, economies of scale were achieved by our over-arching project procurement, supplying commonality of plant & equipment across all three health centres. Having a common design principle and procuring from the same manufacturers will have long-term benefits for facilities management throughout the lifecycle of the Partnership Centres which, consequently, will reduce operating costs for the end clients: NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council.


“Graham Construction worked closely with development partner hub South East on behalf of participants NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council to construct these state-of-the-art Partnership Centres, making a £27.6m combined investment into the Lothian economy. As Principal Contractor, we needed to be able to rely on our supply chain. The quality, experience and professionalism of the team at Arthur McKay helped us deliver a successful outcome across all three capital investment projects. Very few M&E contractors would have the scale to resource such projects simultaneously.”

Craig Bridges, Regional Development Director, GRAHAM Construction


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