A new primary care centre for the north of Easington District is to become a reality.
Following the successful completion of contracts, the new facility will be in the centre of Seaham and will occupy the site of the former magistrate's court on Viceroy Street.
The new facility will offer a full range of primary healthcare facilities to include:
Care Partnerships 25 LTD and NHS County Durham and Darlington and local partners in the Tees Valley and South Durham LIFT, have successfully signed contracts for the 4100 square metre building in St John's Square, Seaham and will have a construction cost of £10 million.
David Gallagher, NHS County Durham's Director of Partnerships and Services, said: "NHS County Durham and Darlington is delighted to be working with its partners on this important scheme."
"It provides an excellent opportunity to improve the facilities for health services available for the people of Seaham. This includes bringing a range of services together into one place to provide care closer to home. We are also delighted to be able to contribute to regenerating the town centre."
The regeneration of the St John's Square area is a joint project between Durham County Council and NHS County Durham and Darlington. The phased £19m construction programme will see the development of a local authority multi-user centre, a primary health care centre and a central public square. The combined programme will result in the creation of a civic hub.
Strategic Investments Project Manager Tony Forster of Durham County Council, said: "We have been working on the proposals for the regeneration of St John's Square for some time now, so it's particularly pleasing to see the health service aspect of the scheme moving into the construction phase."
"The development is an extremely important part of our long-term plans to breathe new life into Seaham and will see the creation of a wide range of facilities on a key site in the heart of the town."
Cllr Eunice Huntington, Durham County Council's cabinet member for healthier communities, said: "This project will be a symbol of the regeneration of Seaham and will be a wonderful asset for the town."
Scott Clarkson, Estates & Project Manager with Care Partnerships 25 Ltd, said: "The creation of this exciting new facility will allow the PCT and GP's to deliver a wide range of services directly from the centre of town which will have a really positive impact on the health of the people of Seaham."
"Regeneration of Seaham town centre is moving forward rapidly and this fantastic new medical centre will play a key part in the physical and social regeneration of the Town."
Work on site will commence on 4th October with completion scheduled for May 2012.
For further information please contact Care Partnerships 25 LTD