Acute Mental Health and North Ayrshire Community Hospital, Irvine


“Putting the ‘community’ into Community Hospital”


Client – Morgan Sindall plc


Project – Preparation of Community Benefit submission for NPD Hospital


Duration – 9 months


The Brief

Based on the requirements of the ITT to our client, a short-listed bidder, streets-uk were responsible for establishing who the key local stakeholders and potential partners would be. We were then to engage directly with them to produce a range of community benefit proposals that would satisfy the requirements of the ITT, sit comfortably within our client’s own CSR objectives and provide their bid with a quality and unique offer.


 The Results

A set of proposals designed to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits to the local community for both the construction and operational phases.   A local joint steering group of key partners would be established to deliver the Community Benefit Action Plan.  This was to include;

  • targeted recruitment and training, specifically modern apprenticeships, foundation apprenticeships, new entrant jobs, placements and curriculum support
  • supply chain development, specifically supplier engagement, tailored and accessible work packages and capacity building for local SMEs and social enterprises
  • community based projects

an Ayrshire-wide art/drama based engagement initiative, in partnership with Ayrshire College, with mental health awareness at its heart

an on-site horticulture resource, set up as a Public Social Partnership with North Ayrshire Council and ENABLE Scotland to feed the minds and bodies of patients, staff and the community alike

Both community based projects would also support jobs and training as well supporting, and even creating, local social enterprises.  The four initiatives would therefore be mutually supportive in terms of delivering benefits to the local communities and also delivering on many of NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s strategic objectives.

The overall proposal demonstrated a robust approach articulated through a method statement based on best practice.

The Benefits

The significant amount of face to face engagement and relationship building with local stakeholders allowed us to develop proposals that were not only original and ambitious, but were endorsed and backed by local delivery partners.  Our experience of delivering projects, combined with our client’s own quality-based approach, allowed us to outline a robust, tried and tested methodology of delivery, agreed in advance with our prospective local partners.

What they said

Morgan Sindall Investments Limited was delighted with the range of community benefits services provided by streets-uk.  Each bespoke package was delivered with uncompromising professionalism, meeting and managing key objectives to time and producing a set of proposals designed to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits that would satisfy any local community. Both community based projects supported, without compromise, jobs, training, local SME’s and social enterprises for the Acute Mental Health and North Ayrshire Community Hospital.  Streets-uk’s approach was characterised by a commitment to generate and create interest within a range of community benefits, which allowed us to reach final selection

Stephen Lamont, Head of Projects (Scotland), Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd