Dumfries and Galloway Council has granted detailed planning permission for a new £200m hospital to be built by Laing O’Rourke.
The hospital will be built on green field land next to the Dumfries by-pass, subject to financial close in early 2015.
It is expected to cost around £200m under the Scottish government’s non-profit-distributing model, an alternative to the traditional private finance initiative model that ensures profits are reinvested into the public sector.
The Highwood Health Consortium, comprising Laing O’Rourke as the construction partner and Serco as the estate management provider, was appointed the preferred bidder for the project in September.
Construction is due to start in spring 2015 and is expected to take 30 months to complete. The new hospital will replace the existing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway chief executive Jeff Ace said: “This is a major milestone which allows us to work towards financial close at the start of the new year, and paves the way for the start of construction scheduled for spring 2015.”
He added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with High Wood Health and have a shared vision, not only for a new hospital for the people of Dumfries and Galloway, but to modernise healthcare services in our region.
“This will be a hospital built to the highest standard, making it fit for the needs of our patients, and to enable our staff to deliver the best possible care.”