NHS Grampian is eyeing up a move to buy part of a council’s headquarters to house some of its staff.
Under the plans, the health board would relocate their main offices in Aberdeen to Aberdeenshire Council’s base at Woodhill House.
The health board was expected to agree to ask officers to prepare a detailed case for the move when it meets today.
Work is ongoing between the health board and Aberdeenshire Council to formalise the existing right whereby the NHS gets first refusal on the building.
A study was carried out in September focusing on the health board’s main administrative offices in the city including Summerfield House, Ashgrove House and Westholme.
It revealed just 40% of Summerfield House is occupied on average, along with 35% of Ashgrove House and 54% for Westholme.
Other offices at Foresterhill House and Foresterhill Lea are also under 50% occupied, according to the results of the study.
A report to members of the board said co-location at Woodhill House offers the prospect of creating a public sector hub with Aberdeenshire Council adjacent to the Foresterhill Campus.
It added the move also “creates a catalyst” for a new modern working environment for staff.
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Meanwhile, members of the board will also be asked to progress with plans to deliver a new £8.1 million health hub.
The new facility will incorporate general medical services currently being delivered from Denburn Medical Centre, Northfield Surgery and Mastrick Clinic.
The proposed centre would be built in the Greenferns area in Northfield – near Orchard Brae and Heathryburn Schools.
A report to the health board said work is ongoing to finalise the outline business case for the project which will be presented to the board for approval in February 2019.
Members will be asked to approve spending a maximum of £300,000 to carry out site investigations and initial designs for the hub.