Meet our principal contractors

In February 2021, leading infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract to construct the 8,305 square-metre National Treatment Centre.

With expertise and experience in delivering high-quality, complex hospital facilities, Balfour Beatty is set to deliver a world-class National Treatment Centre that will be open to patients in April 2023.

So far over 547 people have been inducted onto the NTC site to contribute to the construction of the building. As the principal contractor, Balfour Beatty is working with the local supply chain and designers to progress the build while creating local jobs including several work experience placements.

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About Balfour Beatty:

Founded in Scotland in 1909, Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group that finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth.

In the Highland region, in addition to the delivery of the National Treatment Centre for NHS Highland in Inverness, Balfour Beatty is currently working on the Cairngorm Funicular Railway reinstatement project (HIE) and have recently completed a number of local projects including Inverness Airport Drainage Works, Badenoch & Strathspey Community Health Facility and the Broadford Hospital hub in the North of Scotland.

Balfour Beatty is a member of the 5% club which promotes recruitment of young people into apprentice, graduate and trainee roles. In 2021, it was awarded Large Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Skills Development Scotland apprenticeship awards.

Currently Balfour Beatty operate across the UK, USA and Honk Kong under the name Gammon Construction with around 26,000 employees worldwide driving the transformation of the construction industry to meet the challenges of the Future.

Construction update:

"The works are now at the early fit-out stage internally in all areas. Internal walls are being constructed and services installation is well underway. The building focus at this time is on the five theatres and the residential bedrooms. Final finishes such as fixtures, fittings and decoration will be taking place in the coming months along with extensive commissioning and validation of the complex services systems.

The bronze external wall cladding is now around 50% complete and is scheduled for completion by May 2022."

Quote from Aiden Teague, Project Manager at Balfour Beatty

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DEC! programme

Throughout construction Balfour Beatty has been supporting local secondary school, Charleston Academy in Inverness, through their DEC! Programme (Design, Engineer, Construct), providing Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications through Class of Your Own. DEC! aims to inspire and provides real life opportunities for young people who are interested in a career in construction and the built environment through the industry links. Balfour Beatty have supported the classes with lesson plans, expert talks, site visits and much more throughout its time working with the school. Visit to find out more.

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Aim High Aim Highland

Jayne Halcrow, Anaesthetic Lead For The NTC

If you’re aiming to take the next step in your career, then NHS Highland is a great place with lots of opportunities to do that.

Andy Pyott, Acting Service Lead For Ophthalmology NHS Highland

Training opportunities are growing, we always get good reports from people who come to study and learn from us. Because we are able to give very close supervision, we are able to mentor junior doctors or optometrists or orthoptists who are now joining the department.

Colin McNair, Clinical Lead For Orthopaedics

I can speak from experience having been a trainee myself here many years ago, its a great diverse population to work with.

Given the geographical area we are in, we’re exposed to a full gamut of trauma from a high velocity of road traffic accidents to injuries encountered by outdoor enthusiasts such as mountaineers, skiers, ice climbers as well as catering for a huge tourist influx in summer so year on year we’ve seen a substantial rise in trauma operating gear.


The presence on Inverness Campus of the Life Sciences Innovation Centre and the National Treatment Centre (Highland) will allow greater collaboration between NHS staff, researchers and businesses to innovate in the field of health and life sciences.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the developer of Inverness Campus where the National Treatment Centre (Highland ) is located and the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland.

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The NHS Scotland Academy is an exciting partnership between NHS Golden Jubilee and NHS Education for Scotland offering accelerated training for a wide range of health and social care roles and professions.

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The NTC's programme, announced by Scottish Government in 2015, aims to provide the highest standards of care through a network of modern, efficient NTCs each offering their own specialisations. The capacity the NTCs offer will help reduce waiting lists across Scotland.

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