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

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 www.primarycaredirect.co.uk 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.