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New Year start for £10 million hospital project

BUILDING work is starting in the New Year on a £10 million project to modernise Adamson Hospital in Cupar, Fife. Ogilvie Construction is carrying out the work on behalf of NHS Fife.

Construction work is expected to start at the Bank Street site in early January – with an official sod cutting ceremony taking place on January 11.

The project – which also involves the revamp of the adjoining Cupar Health Centre – is expected to be fully completed by October 2011.


In recent weeks, in-patients from the hospital have been moved to neighbouring NHS facilities. Preparatory work and surveys have also been undertaken in the run-up to the construction phase getting underway.

However, some out patient services, as well as GP services, will remain on site during the redevelopment work. The Cupar Dental Access Centre, next to the hospital, will also operate as normal and should be unaffected by work on site.

The project aims to provide a ‘one stop shop’ to meet the healthcare needs of residents in Cupar and the surrounding area.

This will include consultant outpatient services, a minor injuries service, diagnostic services, such as X-ray and ultrasound, physiotherapy and paediatric services. The site will also offer enhanced GP services, including speech and language therapy and podiatry.

Phil McEwan, managing director of Ogilvie Construction, said: “We’re delighted to win this contract, which will create a state-of-the-art facility for people in the north east of Fife.

“The project will include new build as well as the modernisation of existing buildings, and also the removal of asbestos from the site. Various parts of the complex will also be demolished to make way for the new-look centre.
Construction work is starting in January 2010.

“The first phase will focus on Adamson Hospital, with patients decanted to alternative accommodation to allow work to start.

“The second phase – to start in 2011 – will refurbish the adjoining Cupar Health Centre. This will be managed to allow the health centre to continue operating during the refurbishment work.

“We anticipate the building work will take around 86 weeks to complete in total. We should be finished by the middle of August 2011; with the project finally completed for the NHS by October 2011.”

The construction contract is worth £5.4 million. The remainder of the £10 million total cost will be spent fitting out the revamped premises and ancilliary works.

Graham Watson, chairman of the Glenrothes & North East Fife Community Health Partnership, said: “I am extremely pleased that the project to bring the Adamson Hospital up to a modern day standard has got underway. The interim arrangements are working quite well. Patients and staff at Springfield (a neighbouring NHS site) have settled in and those remaining at the Adamson site are managing to work round the on-going construction work.

“The updated Adamson will be very much worth the temporary inconvenience.”

The hospital was named after Alexander Adamson, who left money in his will to set up a village hospital in Ceres, near Cupar. The Adamson Institution was opened in 1877. It the early 1900s, the Adamson Trust was merged with the Cupar Sick Poor Nursing Association. A new cottage hospital was then opened at the current site at Bank Street, Cupar, in December 1904.

As well as Ogilvie, the Adamson refurbishment team includes Turner and Townsend as project managers/lead consultant (as well as cost managers); Edinburgh and Glasgow-based RSP Consulting Engineers; the Glasgow office of consultancy Grontmij, acting as structural engineers; and jmarchitects in Edinburgh.

Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group, is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. The privately-owned business has its head office in Stirling, employs more than 400 people and has an annual turnover of around £100 million. It works throughout Scotland and the North of England.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact
– Adrian Mahoney, PR Consultant for Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
– Sue Bowman, Business Development Director, Ogilvie Construction
Tel: 01786 812273
– Sheena Pirrie, Senior Communications Officer/Project
Manager, NHS Fife,
Room 521 Hayfield House, Kirkcaldy. Tel: 01592 647971 Extension 8471

** CAD drawings of how the site could look are courtesy of jmarchitects, Edinburgh.

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