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Interserve-Kajima JV named preferred bidder to design, finance and maintain SNBTS National Centre in Edinburgh

by Interserve Press Office | Mar 06, 2014

Interserve-Kajima JV named preferred bidder to design, finance and maintain SNBTS National Centre in EdinburghInternational support services and construction group Interserve and its joint venture partner Kajima Partnerships, have been appointed preferred bidder by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) for the new £33 million National Centre of excellence at Heriot-Watt Research Park, near Edinburgh.

Interserve and Kajima, who are 50/50 partners in the venture, will both invest £1.87 million in the project, which comprises the building of facilities for the processing and testing of blood, tissues and cells as well as research and development, quality and regulatory functions, plus offices and garages.

Construction work will start on site at Heriot-Watt Research Park after the project reaches financial close in Q3 2014, with construction of the centre expected to complete during Q1 2017.

Interserve Kajima will also provide facilities management services at the facility for 25 years from the end of construction.

The development is being funded using the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model.

Richard Coe, Project Director for Interserve Kajima commented: “We are delighted to be awarded this NPD project where our design will facilitate a wide range of SNBTS activities for years to come.”

Brian Furlong, Interserve Investments commented: “Dialogue has been a priority for us and we are very appreciative of the dedication and interaction that has been afforded to us by SNBTS, stakeholders and end users which has enabled us to develop our proposals in significant detail.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • SNBTS is part of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).  Accountable to the Scottish Government, NSS works at the very heart of the health service, providing national support services and expert advice to NHS Scotland. It also plays an active and crucial role in the delivery of effective healthcare to patients and the public.
  • The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is an independent company, established by the Scottish Government in 2008, with a responsibility to deliver value for money across all public infrastructure investment. SFT works closely with the public sector to seek and deliver improved value for taxpayers.
  • The National Centre will be funded through what is known as the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model. Through a process of competitive dialogue with potential bidders for the project, NPD aims to ensure best value for money.
  • Interserve is a leading support services and construction business focused on the built environment. Interserve develop, finance, design, build, manage and maintain the buildings and infrastructure that enable individuals and organisations across the UK to go about their business. The company has successfully secured twenty two PPP projects in the last 15 years. Website:
  • Kajima Partnerships is a subsidiary of Kajima Corporation of Japan; Kajima is one of the largest international property and construction organisations worldwide, with a current market capitalisation of over £2 billion. Kajima Partnerships is an award-winning project developer and property investor. We develop, deliver and manage high quality buildings for both the public and private sectors. Each project we undertake is special. Our goal is to create excellent and sustainable facilities that meet our clients' needs and bring joy to all those who visit and use them. Kajima Partnerships has successfully secured eighteen projects within the UK PPP market during the last ten+ years including Brighton Children’s Hospital. Website:

Enquiries to:

Richard Coe
Project Director
Interserve Kajima
M: 07884 492486

Image used in this article is the visualisation of proposed new National Centre developed by Reiach and Hall Architects


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