The shape of things to come at Insch Hospital

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THE innovative design of the proposed new health hub at Insch, which would replace the existing Insch War Memorial Hospital built in 1921 as a tribute to those who died in World War One, was unveiled to members of the local community last weekend.

The Friends of Insch Hospital and Community unveiled the design at their fundraising Strawberry Fair that was held in the garden grounds of the existing hospital.

They are hoping to raise £3 million to replace the existing 12 bed facility with a purpose built modern Health Hub which would include “nursing support, rehabilitation services, ancillary and community facilities in an environment matched to the needs of long and short-stay patients”.

The historical old building would be retained. Designers have said “the scheme will be the UK’s first Zero Carbon Health Hub which can also meet the accredited German ‘Passivhaus’ energy standards, as well as utilising renewable energy sources.” Fundraising for the ambitious plans were boosted by the news that local couple Callum and Roberta Burnett had offered one sixth ownership of their application to increase the height of three wind turbines at Tillymorgan, which already have planning approval.

The chairman of The Friends said: “The Burnetts’ offer is a very generous one, and I hope we are able to take it up.”

He praised it as an “innovative funding method”. Increasing the height of the turbines would increase the power generated, which in turn would generate power for the National Grid.

The Friends have other fundraisng events planned including the “Flying Pigs” revue in Inverurie Town Hall in September, and “Antiques Roadshow” event in Keig early next year, all organised by the special fundraising committee.

The concept design unveiled last weekend is the work of architect Professor Gokay Deveci’s Practice-based Research Unit at the Scott Sutherland School at Robert Gordon University.

The impressive artist’s

impression design of the

proposed Insch Hospital