18th Apr 2018

It is hard to believe that Apollo’s Multi Agency PPP Joint Venture, hub West Scotland (hWS) has been in operation for five years.

This year the Annual Report, which can be viewed under, celebrates the significant quality of buildings and economic impact we have achieved by working in partnership during this relatively short period of time.

Delivering now over £400M worth of new (including £140m of multi award winning health & care) facilities for our local communities is an outstanding achievement and an important investment in the West of Scotland. It is impressive that, during a period of significant financial challenge, the public sector has invested in health and care centres, community buildings and new schools replacing out-dated parts of its estate, transforming how it delivers and improves services to the public. Estates have been rationalised and agile working, once a new phenomenon, now feels common-place.

In preparation for the next chapter hWS has recently refreshed its supply chain. New members have been invited to join and existing members, who have demonstrated a clear commitment to partnering, have been retained. hWS is excited by the potential to continue to provide a fast and efficient development and commercial management service, extend our involvement in education and early years provision and offer Participants an innovative and highly competitive solution to the social housing challenge.

At the same time hWS continue to promote involvement with Participants at a strategic level, assisting them in longer-term asset planning and the development of models to address service and financial challenges that they face.

hWS are both proud to have been involved in the investment and quality of projects delivered in our local areas and look forward to adding to the many successes and award-winning projects completed to date.

These successes demonstrate strong foundations for further strengthening the West Territory Partnership. hWS are excited by the opportunity to build a more strategic relationship with Participants, develop a stronger understanding of challenges and act proactively to offer solutions, improve value for money and deliver improved services within reducing budgets.

Early engagement creates the greatest opportunity to add value hence we encourage Participants to invite hub West Scotland to contribute to the development and delivery of Estate Strategies.

Further benefits will be delivered evolving from the commissioning of individual projects to a programme approach – this would fully exploit the advantages and capabilities of the Partnership, realise collaboration opportunities and provide maximum certainty over affordability and programme targets.

The hub West Scotland team is proud of the Partnership’s achievements and motivated by the opportunity that we share to deliver even greater value for money and take forward developments that have a positive impact on our communities.


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14th Mar 2018

Following submission of planning in October 2017, Apollo have finally received full planning and conservation area consent for the new Llanbradach Primary Care Centre. This 750sqm facility will replace and enhance the services currently delivered in the town and provide security of service for the coming years. The planning consent came with its challenges with the site being in a conservation area and the current building and site being inhabited by protected species. Apollo has worked alongside Acer Ecology and the Local Authority to ensure the protection of the slow worms and the bats that were resident on the site. The new scheme will include measures to enhance the environment for future wildlife.

Site works are due to start in August 2018 with a completion anticipated for mid 2019. Rob James, Apollo’s Managing Director and project lead for Llanbradach commented “getting this scheme through the planning process has been very challenging with the conservation area status of the site along with the protected wildlife resident in the building and site area. We have worked with several specialist consultants to ensure the planners and local members had all the information to hand to make the decision and approve this scheme. We very much look forward to delivering this great scheme for the Village Practice, the Aber Practice and the local community of Llanbradach.

7th Feb 2018

Working within an existing Health Centre poses its own unique challenges and relies upon the Contractor and Professional Team to coordinate with the Building Users. Three construction phases later, saw the last section of the Works returned to the South Queensferry Medical Practice for their use, on 1st February 2018.

Without adding a single extension, the clinical space increased by 5 Rooms, along with a new access WC and 2 other WCs for Patients and Staff; a large records archive store; and a larger open plan Admin Office. Space planning by the Architect DKB Douglas Associates made efficient use of the existing spaces. Cleverly moving existing functions within the Building like a Rubik’s puzzle to create space; infilling under-used space; and, repositioning structural walls to more evenly distribute space. Just like its spectacular view of the three South Queensferry Bridges, the re-modelling bridged the gap to form new rooms.

With ever increasing house building within the South Queensferry area and general pressures upon practices within the immediate areas of Edinburgh; demand has been placed upon the South Queensferry Practice to increase their patient list. The new clinical accommodation and larger admin space will facilitate provision of better and increased services for the local community of Edinburgh.

The re-modelling of the South Queensferry Medical Practice while occupied, demonstrates Apollo’s versatility to collaborate on varying scales and complexity; from a 6,732m2 new-build Health and Care Centre for a Scottish hub: to a modest scale remodelling of a live facility on behalf a listed institutional investor.

21st Dec 2017

From all of us here at Apollo, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and we are looking forward to coming back in the New Year refreshed and ready for the year ahead.

Our offices will be closed from 22nd December to 2nd January (and till 3rd January in Scotland).

4th Dec 2017

The end of an era as the Services Manager, Gillian Robb retires from Orchard View. She arrived to temporarily help for 2 weeks and remained in service for 15 years. Time enough to be involved the many plans to move to a new facility over 10 years; fittingly she remained until the 42 Patients moved out of the Dunrod Unit at Ravenscraig Hospital, into Orchard View; and to retire a few days after the double Award win at the Scottish Health & Social Care Facilities Conference 2017.

A Tea Party was held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 to say farewell and thanks to Gillian. Many friends and colleagues were present, including here immediate predecessor, John Mitchell who retired before Orchard View went on site.

We heard from her colleagues and the Head of Service (Mental Health Addictions and Homelessness) Deborah Gillespie, how Gillian had introduced many firsts to the Local Mental Health Service, to better improve the patient experience; and how problems were turned on their head, not to condemn but ask, how can we help a member of staff do their job better? A positive lesson for us all!

Gillian’s selfless approach along with her same-minded Team and colleagues, clearly contributed to the success of the Orchard View Project, in the provision of a ‘home’ and not an ‘institution’; for those with a mental health condition, including dementia. A far cry from Gillian’s entry into the NHS in 1980.

Many thanks to Gillian for her many years of service to Patients and the community. Best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement!

20th Nov 2017

After 10 years in the waiting, Orchard View was a dream come true, constructed and completed on 17th July 2017, through the Hub procurement process.  After a short Client Commissioning period, 42 patients moved in on Saturday 19th August 2017, with the coordinated aid of the Ambulance Services.  The icing on the cake was when it was announced at the 2017 Scottish Health & Social Care Facilities Conference, that Orchard View had won the Design Excellence Award for Scotland.  Within 10 minutes a second Award was bestowed upon the Project – the Paul Taylor Award in recognition of being the best overall submission.

Neither size nor budget have been the credentials of the Project; but recognition that the Project has made a significant contribution in its design, that has been Patient/Client focussed, functional, innovative and sustainable.

Without a doubt, with Apollo forming part of the Team on the Project Board and Delivery Group; the Patients, their families and local community had clearly been the constant focus; while overcoming the many hurdles of a new Project, to create a new home for 42 Patients.  It was said recently by the NHS Greater and Glasgow Services Manager, Gillian Robb; that the success of the Project was not down to an individual but the result of everyone who had been involved.


“Taj Mahal was built as a team; without a team, it was a far dream”

 (Vinita Kinra, author)


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13th Nov 2017

The Building Better Healthcare Awards are the UK’s leading healthcare specific annual awards ceremony. This year 650 industry professionals attended the event at The Brewery in the City of London on the 1st of November.

Of the four schemes shortlisted as Finalists for ‘Best Primary Care Building Design’ one was Apollo’s Two Rivers scheme in Ipswich, which integrates two merged practices serving 25,00 patients on a prime site adjacent to Ipswich Hospital.

Apollo’s, hub West Scotland (hWS) health and social care Joint Venture, Maryhill Health Centre was also a Finalist. The Maryhill scheme integrates multiple practices with health and social care, on a challenging but very accessible extra urban site in the City of Glasgow.

The Winner was Eastwood Health & Care Centre, another hWs Apollo JV project! This major project on the south side integrates multiple practices and NHS services, with East Renfrewshire Council Social Work Services and hot desk facilities. This multi award winning scheme also has a community café at it’s heart, which is run as a social enterprise.

Johnny Dryburgh, Apollo’s Chief Executive attended the event and said; “I’m absolutely delighted that Apollo schemes comprise 3/4 of the Finalists for the Best Primary Care Building Design in this national competition, and that Eastwood Health & Care Centre won. It’s a testament not only to the specialist skills and experience the Apollo team deploys across the UK, and procurement teams; but of course to our fantastic GP, NHS & Local Authority clients who’s dedication and determination is key to all we do.”

6th Nov 2017

Apollo have been formally appointed as project monitor for the new Woodside Medical Centre in Hayes. Apollo have been working with the Shakespeare and Yeading Court Practices to agree a scheme with the developer Hillingdon Council. The scheme will see a 850sqm scheme delivered on Uxbridge Road in Hayes. The scheme is designed for 12,000 patients and will also act as a hub for the Clover GP Federation. The scheme has been designed by Hillingdon Council’s architect and includes 18 two bedroom flats to the 1st and 2nd floors.

Rob James will be acting as the GP’s advisor on the scheme and said “I have been working with Dr Verma and Dr Raju for over 2 years, initially as a developer but latterly as advisor. Ensuring that the practices got new premises was important to me and I worked the scheme through the approvals process with Hillingdon CCG to ensure the level and quality of accommodation meets their needs”.

The scheme is due in for planning in the coming months with construction due to commence in early summer 2018.

30th Oct 2017

Apollo are pleased to advise that North Midland Construction (NMC) have been appointed as contractor for the Residential Training Centre scheme currently being developed by Apollo in Manchester. NMC PLC are a £250m turnover business and operate throughout the midlands and north England. The design and build contract was negotiated with NMC to reach a target build cost. Works started on site on 16th October 2017 with completion in late spring 2018.

Rob James, Apollo’s Managing Director said “we are delighted to be working with NMC on this project following successfully negotiating the contract with them over the past few months. We are looking forward to working together to deliver this exciting scheme in Manchester and also looking at further opportunities in the region to work together”.

23rd Oct 2017

Apollo are pleased to report that the Llanbradach Primary Care Centre achieved Full Business Case sign off by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on 5th October 2017. This 750sqm scheme had not been without its challenges with protected bats in the current church hall and slowworms on the site. Apollo has been working closely with ecologists and the local authority to re-home these protected species. Planning is due to be submitted in October 2017 with site work due to commence in late spring 2018.

Rob James who has been leading this scheme said “Apollo were appointed in 2015 on this scheme and have been working closely with the stakeholders to get to this point. We are delighted to be working with the Aber Practice, Village Practice and ABUHB to deliver this new centre for Llanbradach.”

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