D&G Infirmary A75 roundabout works in rude health

The race to win a £1.2 million roads contract, a key part of the new £200 million Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, is in the final straight Transport Minister, Keith Brown said today.

Five contractors are vying to upgrade Garroch roundabout on the A75, which will ensure better managed traffic in and out of the new 350-bed hospital complex, while keeping traffic moving along this key route.

Mr Brown said:

“When complete, the new district general hospital will bring enormous health benefits for the area, but it is crucial the traffic around the new complex is managed well. We recognise this which is why we are working closely with the Dumfries and Galloway Health Board to ensure good access to the new hospital facilities without impacting unnecessarily on traffic passing through the area.

“The improved Garroch roundabout will help us deliver that ambition and I’m delighted there is so much interest from the construction industry to win the contract to build it.

“More widely, we know the A75 is the key route through Dumfries and Galloway which is why we are developing and building new improved sections of road along its length. Construction of the new £17 million bypass at Dunragit and the £9 million Hardgrove road schemes is progressing well, and forms part of £54 million worth of improvement and maintenance investment in the A75 since 2007 - all very good news for users of the route.

“With the contract to be awarded in May with around a six month works programme to follow, we would expect to have the revamped roundabout in place by the end of this year, ahead of the start of construction of the new infirmary in 2015. The completion of both will be a boon for the area and I look forwarding to seeing the plans come to fruition.”

Dennis O’Keeffe, Project Director from Dumfries & Galloway Health Board added:

“Under the banner of ‘Enabling Works’ a number of separate road, water, gas, sewerage, electricity, information technology and telecommunication projects have been identified for completion, prior to the commencement of the new hospital building. These projects have involved numerous public sector bodies. Linkages between these projects have been deliberately co-ordinated by the Board to achieve synergies so as to effect, with least disruption, a more cost-effective and sustainable outcome for both the public sector bodies involved, and in turn all of their stakeholders and the community as a whole.

“The good and timely progress being made by Transport Scotland and the Board in respect of the procurement of the roadworks at the Garroch roundabout demonstrates this.”

Notes to editors

1. Five firms have been invited to tender for the £1.2 million Garroch roundabout works:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • RJ McLeod
  • Barr/Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • I & H Brown
  • Fox Building & Engineering Ltd

2. Information on other road schemes A75 road schemes can be found at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/projects

3. Dumfries and Galloway Health Board (DGHB) are progressing the provision of a new Dumfries and Galloway district general hospital. The outline planning permission for it stipulates that prior to the commencement of any construction works, alterations must be carried out to the existing trunk road roundabout and re-alignment of a side road in order to provide access to the hospital.

4. DGHB requested that Transport Scotland (TS) assist them by undertaking and completing the necessary road works to ensure that the main construction works for the hospital can commence in spring 2015. Teams from DGHB and TS have been working collaboratively to develop the contract requirements and finalise the design to enable the road works contract to be let.

5. The road works are being procured by Transport Scotland and funded by DGHB.

6. On completion of the works, Dumfries and Galloway Council will take on the maintenance of the hospital access.

7. Tenders will be returned in April and subject to a satisfactory bid being received, the intention is to award the contract in May. The contract period will be 29 weeks.

For further information contact:

Transport Scotland Press Office 0141 272 7195

News release: TS986SC

Published 25 Feb 2014 Tags