22nd Jun 2020

Work on a new Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash is progressing despite the challenges of COVID-19.

The purpose-built facility, which is to be named Tŷ Calon Lān, will be completed in January 2021. The building will become home to Cynon Vale Medical Centre and Rhos House Surgery, as well as a range of community services delivered by District Nurses and Health Visitors.

Despite recent challenges which have included flooding in the area and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the contractors, Jehu Project Services have managed to keep the build on schedule.

Rob James, Managing Director at Apollo Capital Projects, the developers of the new Primary Care Centre said: “The frame to the ground floor is now in place and over the next few weeks the 1st floor will be constructed and the people of Mountain Ash will begin to see what the building will look like.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic Apollo and Jehu have had to adopt new working practices to maintain progress. As a team we have also had to change suppliers and work with designers using digital platforms to ensure we can continue. Moving forward, social distancing will be a challenge as various trades start to work inside the building but the good news is that we’ve managed to overcome these challenges and maintain the programme.”

The new Mountain Ash Primary Care Centre will deliver GP services to over 11,000 patients in the area. Last week GPs from two local surgeries visited what will be their new surgery as the health centre starts to take shape. Dr Nicola Mogford from Rhos House Surgery is one of the GPs who will be moving in to the new building. She said:

“We are extremely pleased that the construction of our new building ‘Tŷ Calon Lān’ has been able to progress throughout the current pandemic. The new build will provide us with state of the art facilities to provide high quality patient care and multidisciplinary teaching, thus ensuring future sustainability for Primary Care within the heart of Mountain Ash. We would sincerely like to thank Apollo and Jehu Project Services for their unwavering commitment to the development and also to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board and the Local Authority for their ongoing support.”

The 1,373 square metre site will enable a greater range of services to be delivered to patients within a community setting. As well as community led clinics such as wound care.  The facilities will also provide a health education room for baby massage and breast feeding clinic, minor operations room, as well as space for enhanced health and wellbeing services. Modifications have been made to the design to enable the building to be responsive to requirements of future health needs linked to the current pandemic, such as safe areas for isolation linked to infection control.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, ward Councillor for Mountain Ash West, said: “Myself and fellow ward Councillor Wendy Treeby are very pleased that construction works on the site of the new Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash have been able to progress well, despite the challenges faced with Storm Dennis earlier this year, followed by the COVID-19 national emergency.

“I am delighted that this wonderful new health facility our town centre will also reflect the history of the town with its name Ty Calon Lan, after the famous Welsh song which of course was written by Daniel James, who once lived in Mountain Ash.

“When it is opened, the new purpose-built Primary and Community Care Centre will be available to meet the medical needs of the people of Mountain Ash, who can now clearly see the building taking shape in the town centre.

“The Council will continue to work closely with the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, the contractors and the developers in order to bring this much-needed facility to fruition, for the benefit of the residents of Mountain Ash and future generations.”

Sarah Bradley, Head of Primary Care at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board added: “Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board secured funding for the project which was approved by the Welsh Government in 2017. This new facility will bring healthcare professionals together to support GPs, providing a seamless service for patients, carers and users and improving services available to the people of Mountain Ash. We’re delighted with the progress that’s being made, meaning we’re one step closer to providing an even better service for our patients in Mountain Ash.”


Beaconsfield Medical Centre
15th Apr 2020

Full planning consent has been issued following a 9-month consultation process for the long-awaited Beaconsfield Primary Care Centre. The new two storey building of 1,850 sqm together with 110 parking bays will enable the two GP practices in the town, the Simpson Centre and the Millbarn Medical Centre, to co locate and offer services to their combined patient list of 20,000. The site, known locally as the Parkway, is adjacent to the A40 and has been cleared in readiness for the main construction work to commence later this year.

The new facility will provide both practices access to 30 clinical rooms thereby securing their long-term future and to enable them to manage the increasing demand in services from an expanding local population. Patients will be able to access the new building by the end of next year upon its completion.

23rd Mar 2020

Apollo Capital Projects works exclusively in the NHS and predominantly within the primary care sector. We are seeing the challenges our GP’s and health care professionals are facing at this time and will support them in any way we can as they work through this crisis.

Apollo are observing and working within current UK and Regional Government guidance and are now actively avoiding meetings or large gatherings to protect our workforce and to minimise the spread of the virus in the wider population.

Apollo is an agile organisation who have been home working for many years now. All of our files are held on cloud servers and our office phones are now on divert to mobiles. We are continuing to progress all schemes for our clients and have adopted the use of MS Teams and Zoom for video conferencing which is proving to be very useful.

We will contact each client and consultant to provide updates and will be working and sharing information via phone, email and video conference. Site progress meetings will proceed but with reduced numbers in attendance and our GP clients are not expected to attend.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow UK and Regional Government guidance.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe and well.

5th Mar 2020

Apollo’s Managing Director Rob James will be joining fellow Primary Care Direct members Capsticks Solicitors as part of a planned webinar event to discuss ‘Premises and Estates for your PCN’.

The webinar is being hosted by Primary Care Direct during March. Rob is an experienced developer with over 20 years’ experience in developing GP surgeries and will provide a valuable insight into premises development and how the primary care sector is changing as a result of the introduction and formation of PCNs. If you are interested in joining the webinar then please follow Apollo social media outlets, the Primary Care Direct website and social media under ‘News and Events’, or alternatively contact Rob for further information.

11th Feb 2020

Photo left to right – Graeme Hunter, Dr Sian Roberts, Dr Simon Gray, Sheryl Evans, Marcus Longley, Rob James, Dr Nicki Mogford, Dr Bethan Stephens, Dr Jenifer Lewis Jones, Sarah Bradley.

Apollo Capital Projects Development’s new £4m Integrated Primary Care Centre in Mountain Ash commenced on site in December 2019 and is due to open in late 2020. Cwm Taff University Health Board recommenced project boards in 2018 and the project reached financial and legal close in November 2019. The new facility will house all of the GP services for the town of Mountain Ash including, Rhos House, Cynon Vale and Hillcrest Surgeries. In addition the building will house District Nurses and Health Visitors with an intention to offer a 7 day a week service from the facility. The contemporary design by Cardiff based Hatcher Prichard Architects includes a lower level of slate with upper levels in shou sugi ban timber cladding which is an ancient Japanese method of wood preservative by burning the face of the wood.

Rob James, Apollo’s Managing Director who led this scheme said “with the help of enthusiastic stakeholders and an ambitious health board we have managed to get through planning and onto site in less than 15 months and we hope to deliver a completed building in 30 months from the recommencement of project board meetings. This demonstrates that if there is a will there is most certainly a way”. The scheme is being built by Jehu Project Services who are based in Bridgend which continues Apollo’s commitment to local investment with an entirely Cardiff based design team.

Apollo are also working on an exciting art installation at the centre which will be announced in due course.

10th Feb 2020

Apollo’s PPP joint venture business, hub West Scotland, had a very successful close to 2019, with an exciting 2020 to follow. Focussing on health here are some of the programmes recent achievements:

  • The £20m Clydebank Health Centre project reached financial close, and commenced construction in early January. This forms part of an integrated health, leisure and social care campus, at the Queens Quay regeneration site in Clydebank
  • Clydebank joins Greenock Health Centre, and the Stobhill Mental Health scheme, in a £50m bundle of schemes, all on site for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Gorbals Health and Care Centre, completed last year, has recently won the prestigious Architects Journal, Healthcare Building of the Year 2019, alongside the NHS Health Facilities Scotland award for Design Excellence 2019
  • There is a strong pipeline of health projects currently at various stages of development

Health and Social Care are integrated in Scotland and these large integrated health schemes, completed, on site and under development are potentially useful bell weathers for England and Wales in the future.


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