02 May 2007,

Camden & Islington LIFT reaches financial close Kentish Town Integrated Care Centre

Camden & Islington LIFT reaches financial close Kentish Town Integrated Care Centre

Camden & Islington Community Solutions (CICS) help to make the dream become a reality for those involved in the new Kentish Town Integrated Care Centre as financial close this week marks the continuation of work on this forward-thinking development.

Due to open in early 2009 it follows years of persistence by Camden Primary Care Trust (PCT) and GPs to replace a previous building that was well beyond its economic life. Now with the help of private sector partner, Community Solutions for Primary Care, Barclays Bank PLC who will provide funding and construction partner, Bluestone, the project will finally move forward and with arrangements put in place work on site has already started.

"I am delighted that we now have formal agreement to proceed with this exciting and ground breaking scheme. We have built an effective partnership between CICS and the Primary Care Trust and between us we are now developing a 21st Century Care Centre which will offer high quality services close to home for local people." Said Rob Larkman, Chief Executive Camden Primary Care Trust.

Roy Macgregor, GP at the Health Centre, said: "The practice welcomes this outstanding development for Camden which will deliver a wide range of services in modern fit-for-purpose premises. The architect selected following the RIBA architectural competition has delivered a very exciting and innovative centre, which we all look forward to using."

The current centre was acknowledged in a government white paper last year as an example of good practice and the new development aims to build on this reputation. It will provide improved surroundings that will support the integration of more services to include:

  • GP practice with associated staff

  • Minor surgery suites

  • Full range of community health services

  • Community dentistry

  • Accommodation for Camden Council's Social Services team

"Kentish Town is a further example of what can be achieved when public and private sector skills are harnessed together in a common cause, to the benefit of its local community," said Eric Byers, Chairman of CICS.

The voice of the community was considered during the planning stage and a Working Group will be in place throughout construction. This will include CICS as well as members of the local residents association ensuring that information is accessible to all. Green issues will also be taken into account

with the use of some renewable energy and the incorporation of a part 'green' roof; planted with drought resistant plants this will help with various environmental problems common in urban locations.

Andy Beetham, General Manager of CICS, said: "The progress of this development is due entirely to the effort, flexibility and teamwork shown from all sides. This hard work will undoubtedly produce an excellent health centre, enabling leading-edge services to be offered to the community in surroundings that are vibrant and alive."

This is the fourth in a series of developments planned for Camden & Islington aimed at enhancing the health and well being of both patients and staff.