Following the conclusion of final negotiations, site clearance works are due to commence this week on the new multi-million pound health and well-being centre for Royton.
The facility, which will replace the existing Royton Health Centre, and will offer a range of health services under one roof is to be built adjacent to the existing leisure centre in Royton and will provide services to around 20,000 patients.
Another flagship development for Oldham, this project is being delivered for NHS Oldham by LIFT partner Community 1st Oldham as part of the LIFT investment programme in Oldham - the fifth development for the area to date.
The centre also has a number of sustainable design features such as a central timber atrium and an integrated combined heat and power system that can be powered by green sustainable fuel sources.
Neil Charlesworth, General Manager of Community 1st Oldham said the project had been an exciting and challenging one for the LIFT partnership. "The excellent joint working of the partners will bring together a range of health and community services into a single development which will make a very significant impact on the regeneration of the Royton area, bringing to reality new high-quality facilities where high-quality services can continue to be delivered for local people,".
Gail Richards, chief executive of NHS Oldham, the local primary care trust responsible for NHS services in the borough, said: "This will be the latest in a network of developments to make sure people are getting the high quality health services they deserve, in the place they need it, to help them live longer, healthier and more active lives."
It is expected that the health centre will be open to the public in late 2010.
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