This project, with a combined capital value of circa €140 million, is the first programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland’s primary care market.
Balfour Beatty Investments is 40% shareholder in the delivery consortium comprising of Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (as the investment adviser to HICL Infrastructure Company Limited, the listed infrastructure fund).
The project is based on the concept of ‘one project, fourteen communities.’ Each primary care centre has been designed to address its local needs and location, while combining common elements such as energy conservation, materials selection, operational needs and maintenance requirements all aimed at delivering value for money. This is a 25-year design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) contract.
As experienced providers in the PPP and primary care markets, Prime and Balfour Beatty brought together a team of 500 professionals to deliver the project. A key aspect of the bid was the strategic commitment to local procurement with companies such as Balfour Beatty’s team in Ireland, JJ Rhatigan & Company and Aramark Ireland forming part of the delivery team. Local subcontractors and suppliers also featured strongly in each project.
In addition to GP services at each of the new Irish Primary care centres, some sites will include services such as dental services, physiotherapy, speech and language services, community nursing, community mental health services, child and adolescent mental health services, early intervention teams, and doctor on call services.