29th May 2019

Woodside Health & Care Centre reached Practical Completion on 15th May 2019.  The end of a pentathlon in a series of DBFM Health projects in which Apollo has had the privilege to work along-side NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) and the Authority’s partners; hub West Scotland, as Developer and Morgan Sindall as Principal Contractor.

The DBFM projects have been like mini snapshots of life, fast paced programmes on site with ups and down through to physical Completion.  The joy of projects reaching Financial Close and starting on site shortly thereafter is full of unknowns; even with a Tier 1 Contractor, a full Design Team and the layers of on-looking eyes: “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” (A saying adapted from a line within ‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns).

What gives these Projects life is people.  The strains of the Project, as detail design progresses during construction, tests people’s tenacity.  As parties participate, while going about their daily lives, external forces impact upon their involvement in projects – illness, change of employer, maternity leave, paternity leave, construction issues, vandalism, fire!  When all seems to be reasonably proceeding according to plan, surprises arise with time.  As Heraclitus once said “there is nothing permanent except change”; and this applies to both people and the circumstances of a Project.  An impossible risk to prepare for, particularly where there is a fixed date for commencement of DBFM Funder payments, regardless of the actual Completion Date or cause of a delay.

On 28th July 2018 a surprise beyond all other surprises struck when someone broke into the Woodside site and set a fire.  The quick actions of site security resulted in a fast response from the local Fire Brigade and rescue/apprehension of the intruder.  Despite fire compartmentation; what seemed a modest, contained fire, led to a serious impact upon the construction programme.  As devastating as the blow was, a plan was put in place for a Reinstatement Programme.

At c. £19m, the building at 6,730m2 is set within an urban environment, sitting hard to the pavement edge. encompassing a six GP practices, dentistry, pharmacy, community services, agile working office space and a dedicated Glasgow City Council adult Day Care Centre, for those with dementia.  The feature corners of concrete panels are softer in appearance than the material suggests.  The subtle relief of around 10mm adds depth, softness and interest to the three entrance areas; acting as book ends to the distressed red brick, reminiscent of a bye gone era.

Internally, both the Adult Day Care Centre (ADC) and the Health Centre conceal the lightness that awaits from the outside.  Both at different scales, reflecting their nature.  The ADC provides a spacious entrance/reception well-lit from Hinshaw Street; leading into a clerestory lit corridor, servicing support spaces and primary public spaces – activity rooms, dining room, hair dressers, quiet room.  Another surprise awaits beyond the large activity and dining spaces – a delightful courtyard garden, formed as the hypotenuse to legs of the Health Centre.

Health Centre Atrium photo by Mike Newton of AA Projects.

Beyond the unassuming entrance of the Health Centre, lies a light filled atrium, providing visual connection between public spaces and the waiting/reception areas adorned around the perimeter of the atrium.  The simplicity of white paint and lacquered timber panels provides a crisp setting for an almost civic, yet welcoming environment.  One of the simple but effective features is the leaf pattern etched into vertical timber rails, to delineate waiting areas off the First Floor balcony circulation.  Hopefully the setting places it’s staff, patients and visitors at ease, regardless of the purpose of their visit.

The resultant building is a credit to all involved in its creation, while various personnel changed and challenges arose during its construction.  The Glasgow City Council Group Manager was provided with the opportunity to select a quotation for opening the Handover Meeting and aptly selected “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” (Quotation by Confucius). During close of the meeting, the Senior General Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde stated that “the Building will provide a massive improvement for the public”.  Here’s hoping that the latest NHSGGC Health & Care Centre is equally well received by the public when it opens its doors in July 2019.


Apollo is one of the two founding private sector partners in hub West Scotland, bringing their health and community infrastructure experience to bear on the partnership. Johnny Dryburgh, Apollo’s Chief Executive, sits on the main board of hub West Scotland, and a series of specific health related Project Companies. Apollo deliver project development and project management services on health projects, as well as investing in revenue funded health schemes.






29th Apr 2019

Overview of Opening:

Campbell Halliday, Apollo’s Procurement Director and Employer’s Agent for the Gorbals Health & Care Centre, was delighted to be invited to the Official Opening of the Centre on 3rd April 2019.

John Brown CBE, the Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, opened proceedings by providing an enthusiastic and comprehensive introduction.  He was keen to note that around £150m was being invested in Health & Social Care; with Eastwood and Maryhill preceding Gorbals; Woodside nearing Completion, Greenock just started on site and Clydebank starting soon.

Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport performed the Official Opening.  She reflected upon the services being offered, the benefit the new Health & Social Care Centre brings to the local community and the uplifting surroundings for staff in the delivery of those services.  In essence she considered it to be the right services being provided within the right building by the right people.


Further Details Extracted from the Opening Invitation Letter: 

‘The Centre opened to patients, visitors and staff on Monday 21st January 2019.

 As well as delivering a transformational improvement to the environment in which care is delivered, the new £17 million Centre offers an opportunity to reshape services from a patient and service user perspective, providing care that is more integrated, accessible and efficient, as well as contributing to the wider goals of health and social care integration, community regeneration and tackling health inequalities.

 The Centre delivers a wide range of services including four GP practices, public and community dental services, a range of primary and community care services such as physiotherapy, podiatry and treatment room services and other services including specialist children’s services, social care services and alcohol and drug recovery services.

 An innovative and locally developed Art Strategy features a range of installations that connect Gorbals past and present, its people and places.  There has been a high level of participation and engagement from community groups and stakeholders in the design and development of the Centre throughout the lifespan of the project’.


You can read more about Gorbals Health & Care Centre here

10th Apr 2019

Apollo are delighted to be supporting grassroots football within the local community by sponsoring Claydon Dragons FC u13s for the next two seasons.  Apollo have provided funding for the Dragons training kit and tracksuits with the sponsorship arrangement running for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 season.

Stuart Clarke, Apollo’s Development Manager said, “Apollo have been based in Ipswich for many years.  We also have a strong track-record locally with the development of the Two Rivers Medical Centre in Ipswich. It is really nice for us to be able to do more within the local community and we are extremely proud to be supporting grassroots football, and in, particular Claydon Dragons FC u13’s.  We wish to congratulate the Dragons with their first season together as a team and we wish them the very best of luck for another exciting season ahead.

11th Jan 2019

Following completion on 6th November 2018 and a Client commissioning period, the HSCP has announced that the Gorbals Health and Social Care Centre will open its doors to the public on Monday 21st January 2019.  During the intervening period, staff and public body dignitaries have been afforded the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new facility.  An essential process given that there is over 6,500 m2 of accommodation across its three floors.  This will mark the 6th DBFM Project procured through the Scottish hub process and the 7th Health Project which Apollo has had the pleasure of being part of, in conjunction with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and hWS.


Information on Gorbals Health and Social Care Centre can be found here

13th Dec 2018

Christmas is the time of year where we tend to think of those who are less fortunate. So this year Apollo have decided that instead of sending out Christmas cards, we would make donations to charities close to our office locations in order to help them continue their hard work over the festive period. We hope we can make a difference to someone in need.

Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich For nearly 30 years, Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich has offered a lifeline to people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas who are experiencing poverty and despair.

Harrogate Homeless Project We’re a team of committed individuals, who want to make sure that homeless people have the strategies, support and services that are needed to begin the difficult journey back to truly independent living.

PEEK, Glasgow We deliver high quality play, creative learning and volunteering programmes to over 1000 kids and young people across 24 disadvantaged communities in Glasgow. We improve their life chances by unlocking their potential and journeying alongside them, as they play, create and thrive

Boomerang Cardiff Boomerang started its journey as a homeless/poverty organisation, helping citizens that live on the streets who still deserve a little dignity, however the journey developed moving in different directions but still keeping its identity with regards to tackling poverty.

The Shrewsbury Ark We provide the basic things that most people take for granted. Our clients can rely on us for warm clothes, bedding, personal items and a hot meal or cup of tea and a chat when they need it. When they are ready, we give them opportunities to build self-confidence and develop their potential.


The team at Apollo would like to wish all our clients past and present a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Please note that our offices will be closed from the 21st December until 2nd January (until 3rd January in Scotland).


31st Oct 2018

An extremely informative gathering of Primary Care Direct members took place in Leeds last week. It has been 18 months since the service was successfully launched across the Primary Care market; a service that offers all the business support that a Practice or Federation might require from one organisation.

Apollo is proud to be involved with this exciting group of like-minded professionals and can exclusively offer help and assistance with any property related matter which can be augmented by the support from fellow professionals as required.

The membership of Primary Care Direct is growing and the skills that are available to interested parties are wide ranging from legal and accountancy, through to property, marketing, business writing and much more.

For more information please visit the PCD website or call Richard Drew at Apollo on 07734 977 217

23rd Jul 2018

Apollo are delighted to report that the Mountain Ash Primary Care Centre scheme is finally progressing. Appointed in 2013, Apollo made steady progress until the scheme was put on hold while a new funding system was agreed between Welsh Government and Cwm Taf University Health Board. In February of 2018 the funding was approved and the project board re-formed to commence the works. Apollo have secured a site in the centre of Mountain Ash from the Local Council and hope to submit for planning at the beginning of 2019. The scheme brings together all 4 historic practices in the town and will also include several community teams including health visitors and district nurses. The 4 GP practices have now become 2, Rhos House and Cynon Vale and between them look after over 12,000 patients in the region.

Rob James, Apollo’s Managing Director and project lead for developing Mountain Ash said, “We are delighted to be working on Mountain Ash once again and are looking forward to working with the Health Board and Practices to deliver this important centre for the region”. Rob James is based in the Cardiff office and lives only 4 miles from the Mountain Ash scheme site so working locally will make a refreshing change.

16th Jul 2018

Working with Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Ltd, Apollo is providing development services for a Primary Care Centre in Willerby, near Hull. The project will provide a new building for the Willerby Surgery to enable the Practice to bring together its branch surgery in nearby Swanland and relocate to a new site. The building offers accommodation for the 8,500 patients and the forecast increase to around 11,500 patients following the completion of housing developments in the immediate area.

The project has received support from the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG with the approval of the Outline Business Case; a detailed planning application is due to be lodged shortly with construction planned for early next year.

Richard Drew, Apollo’s Development Director has lead the team, bringing together all the requirements of the project, preparing the OBC and agreeing the financial arrangements with the District Valuer. Local consultation events have been held ahead of the planning process.

Richard Drew said “This project has been a priority for the CCG and the Practice for many years with a number of previous false starts. This time around with the benefit of a site which our client Lovel Developments own and our development experience, we have been able to successfully offer our services and support to the whole team including the CCG and NHSE. The new building will offer the Practice a sustainable and resilient future; something which they are unable to do from their existing two surgery premises.”

Apollo is providing advice to Lovel Developments, whose main area of business is the delivery of land for development, on other potential Primary Care led projects in Yorkshire.

9th Jul 2018

Apollo have been appointed by Primary Health Properties Plc (PHP) as Project Manager and Employers Agent for the triple extension and refurbishment of Milton Keynes Village Practice. Milton Keynes is seeing considerable housing growth and the local facilities are in need of extending and refurbishing to bring them up to current standards. Apollo have led the design team of BRP Architects, Expedite, Rossi Long and PDS in developing a strategy to add almost 40% additional floor area. The works include the creation of a state of the art minor procedures suite along with 8 new consulting rooms. The building will be capable of taking up to 18,000 patients upon completion which is due in November 2018.

Rob James who has been leading this scheme for PHP said “this scheme has been challenging due to the tight boundary and multiple phases. We have appointed Edgar Taylor to build the scheme and they are working closely with the design team and the practice to ensure the surgery remains fully operational during the works”.

Works commenced in January 2018 and are due to complete on 2nd Nov.


27th Jun 2018

The Apollo team is very pleased to announce that we have become affiliated with Primary Care Direct, offering a ‘one stop’ shop for all things primary care. The organisation offers support and advice to GP Practices, Federations and Pharmacies to help transform their business.
Primary Care Direct provides all the business support that a client may require in one place via a consortium of professional member organisations. Apollo is an Associate Member which under the Primary Care Umbrella, can exclusively provide help and advice to anything property related within Primary Care.

The consortium members include:
Agencia; transforming organisations, designing and making change happen by turning strategy into action and results.
BHP; a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants with offices across Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.
Capsticks; specialist health and social care law firm in Leeds, Birmingham, London and Winchester.
DKJ; providing a wide range of skills to support any business from business policy, bid management and funding applications.

Apollo’s Managing Director, Rob James said;
This is an exciting new venture for our business to become involved with which enables our clients to have access to an extremely wide of range of professional services to supplement those that we as the Primary Care Property Experts specialise in.

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