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.

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.”