Mark McAllister, Community Engagement Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde discusses the potential contribution that the Southern General development can play in regenerating the Clyde Waterfront and in particular, the Greater Govan area.
The New South Glasgow Hospital campus project will be the
largest single NHS hospital build project ever undertaken in
Scotland, costing circa £840 million. This includes investment in
internal roadways, public transport infrastructure and
state-of-the-art medical equipment. The campus will include a new
children's hospital, new adult hospital and laboratory development,
each significant projects in their own right.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recognises the important role the
NHS plays in local communities beyond the provision of healthcare
facilities and services. In relation to the new South Glasgow
Hospitals, the board has adopted an approach that seeks to engage
patients in the design of the new hospitals but also engages
communities in the broader campus development, maximising the
opportunities from NHSGG&C's investment.
The redevelopment of the Southern General site is seen as a
catalyst for wider economic and social regeneration activity,
contributing positively to the physical development of the local
area, the South West economy and that of the wider locality.
Employment and community benefit
The construction of the new hospitals will support approximately
2500 jobs and once complete in 2015 will contribute £30 to £40
million to the South West Glasgow economy. Given the current
economic climate NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recognises the need
to utilise its infrastructure investment in South West Glasgow
effectively to support and sustain business and jobs in the local
Through incorporating community benefits considerations in the
procurement of the new hospitals, NHS Greater Glasgow and
Clyde is seeking to ensure that as far as possible, a
significant proportion of the investment is retained in the local
economy, supporting local businesses, sustaining local employment
and creating new training and employment opportunities.
Working in partnership
Of critical importance is ensuring that communities and
businesses in Greater Govan are equipped with the right skills to
benefit from the opportunities presented by NHS Greater Glasgow and
However, this can only be achieved if public and private sector
partners work collaboratively to maximise the economic impact of
the development and ensure that benefits are retained in the local
This includes working with the education sector to develop
skills, with the housing sector to improve access to affordable
housing, with the economic development sector to support business
growth and training and employment.
All of the above activity is underway but there is a need to
maintain momentum and build on the progress we have made to
The iconic design for the new hospitals will invigorate a
neglected part of the city bringing much needed investment to an
area largely untouched by the significant regeneration activity
underway or planned along the waterfront.
There are already signs that public and private sector
investment will follow with a number of planning applications
submitted and projects in the pipeline. As the campus development
comes on stream this will increase confidence and provide a degree
of certainty to partners, private and public, attracting new
A landmark for the future
Once complete, the South Glasgow Campus will be a landmark
development and an asset in marketing the city as a location for
investment, particular in the areas of bio-medical, life sciences
and research industries. Scotland and Glasgow has attracted
significant investment in these industries over the years.
The potential for the South Glasgow Campus to contribute to
Glasgow's competitiveness in these sectors will only be realised if
the physical environment is conducive to supporting these new
industries. Therefore, partner's investment priorities need to be
focussed on delivering the necessary infrastructure to facilitate
Evidence from other parts of the UK provides a template for
Glasgow. Major NHS infrastructure projects in Watford and at Guys
and St Thomas Hospitals in London have been characterised by close
collaboration across the public and private sector. As a
result, this has secured additional investment to develop
residential, leisure, business and infrastructure projects and
synergies across partner's investment priorities.
Given the economic climate, this will
remain a major challenge. However, if Greater Govan and the Clyde
Waterfront are to realise their potential, it is an opportunity
that we can't afford to miss.
Community Engagement Manager
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
25 January 2010