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.”

16th Oct 2017

The Apollo team will be exhibiting at the Best Practice Conference in Birmingham later this week. The 2-day conference is aimed at primary care professionals and features many varied speakers and over 200 exhibitors including Apollo.

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone attending the conference to discuss their needs with a member of the team face-to-face. So if you are attending come have a chat with us on stand L60 (near the Best Practice Workshop 1)

11th Sep 2017

Apollo are pleased to confirm that legal and financial close has been reached on a state of the art Residential Patient Training Centre in Swinton, Salford. This agreement will see Apollo developing a bespoke 5 bedroom residential training centre. The new centre is key to delivering specialist training for patients requiring kidney dialysis and other specialist treatments in the North West of England. The intention of the training centre is to assist patients in home dialysis thus reducing the need for hospital out-patient appointments.

Development lead for the project, Stuart Clarke commented, “Reaching legal close on this project is a fantastic achievement for everyone that has been involved. The project team are excited to get this opportunity to develop a new type of facility and this demonstrates our commitment to delivering first class health facilities to both public and private sector clients.  It has taken us a little over a year to get to this stage and we are all now looking to forward to making a start on-site with the aim of handing over the completed facility in the New Year”.

Apollo’s Managing Director Rob James said “We were first approached by our client just over 12 months ago and in that time the Apollo team has developed a close working relationship and understanding of the clients’ operational needs. Working with a private sector health provider has been very insightful for the Apollo team and we are very much look forward to growing that relationship in the future. The Swinton scheme demonstrates our ability to be flexible in an ever changing market place and adapting to the ever changing health and clinical needs of the UK”.

The development has been a collaboration between Apollo as development lead and Primary Health Properties as funder. Primary Health Properties will retain the facility as a long term investment.

Apollo are pleased to have worked alongside DGA Architects Ltd, Expedite Project Services Ltd and McCann & Partners Ltd in designing this facility. The new building will be constructed by North Midlands Construction PLC with site activity due to start immediately and the new building handed over to our client in the Spring of 2018.


For further information, please contact Stuart or Rob.

2nd Aug 2017

Whitehill & Bordon which is in Hampshire, was last year awarded “Healthy New Town” status following selection by NHSE from a total of 114 competing sites across the country. The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration company (a joint venture between Dorchester Regeneration and Taylor Wimpey) is now in the process of delivering the New Town, with all the associated housing and infrastructure, and has appointed Apollo to join their team to assist with the development of the Primary Care Health Hub.

The Health Hub will form an important facility in the heart of the town centre and comprise a wide range of Primary Care services including GP led services for the local community and the residents of the 2,400 sustainable new houses under construction.

Apollo is delighted to be given the opportunity to work on this flagship Healthy New Town project alongside the other stakeholders including NHS South Eastern Hampshire CCG, East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council.

27th Jul 2017

On Monday 17th July, Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, reached the milestone of Practical Completion and will shortly become operational.

The contemporary healthcare facility is in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds. It will provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care and mental health accommodation with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.

There will be 42 beds in total with 30 of these dedicated to continuing care for older people. Facilities include:

  • 24 continuing care beds for patients with dementia
  • 6 continuing care beds for patients with dementia and co-morbidity conditions
  • 12 adult continuing care beds
  • Social enterprise space including a cafe and hair-dressers
  • Treatment rooms
  • Multi-purpose social spaces for male and female patients

More than just a straight replacement of the existing provision, Orchard View will enable fundamental change in the way older peoples care is delivered in Inverclyde. Staff, service users and carers have all been involved in the design of the building to ensure that Orchard View meets both the needs of people living and working there in the future. The Scottish Dementia Development Centre based at Stirling University, an internationally recognised centre of knowledge and expertise on dementia, has had a great deal of input to ensure a dementia friendly environment. Their involvement will continue through both the Service User & Carer Reference Group and input on how the building will operate once it is complete. Wider engagement with the local community has been carried out through the arts and environment strategy, which has been designed to ensure the facility is very much part of the local community.

The new Centre was delivered in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) through its Development Partner hub West Scotland. Apollo is a joint venture partner, shareholder in hub West Scotland, and delivers specialist development and procurement services on health and social care projects; alongside equity investment. Johnny Dryburgh, Chief Executive of Apollo, and a Director of hub West Scotland commented: “It was great to be here today to witness the handover of this fantastic project, long awaited; which will be a great asset to the communities it serves. Having been associated with the project for many years, we are particularly proud to have delivered both the development and project management services, seeing the scheme to completion. With Eastwood and Maryhill Health and Care Centres now complete, and Woodside & Gorbals Health and Care Centres now on site, the Orchard View Continuing Care Facility handover marks another key milestone in the relationship with the NHS in Greater Glasgow, being one of eight significant projects with one of our key partners.


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