INFRASTRUCTURE group Robertson is to lead the £27 million refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

Robertson Group, which saw turnover increase by more than 25 per cent in the year to the end of March, will redevelop areas within the hospital for NHS Lothian following the appointment of RMF Health, a consortium of Robertson and FES.

The Elgin-based group will refurbish and extend the haematology and oncology areas within the Western General Hospital as part of a “cancer centre enabling project". A new renal unit is also being created as part of the project which is on schedule to commence soon.

RMF Health has a track record of delivering projects for NHS Lothian. Last year, it completed the £2.5m redevelopment of Ward 20 at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

“Robertson has a great deal of experience in the healthcare sector, from delivering a brand new hospital in Orkney to creating the Stirling Health and Care Village,” said Anna Daley, framework manager at the company. “That expertise will be relied upon to deliver a best-in-class project at the Western General Hospital, one that will lead to significant benefits to staff and patients alike.”

The refurbishment coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Western General Hospital which is home to the regional centre for cancer for south-east Scotland as well as providing the UK’s largest colorectal surgery services.

Chris Stirling, the hospital’s site director, said: “NHS Lothian has committed to the long-term future of the cancer centre at the Western General Hospital and the works to refurbish oncology and haematology services, along with creating a new renal dialysis unit, will give our patients and staff the clinical space they deserve.”

Robertson Group, one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and support services companies in the UK, with a strong order book and diverse income streams, said the project is due for completion in the second quarter of 2021.