Key business figures and politicians were present for the topping out ceremony of the city's newest integrated health centre, the Wilberforce Health Centre, which is the tenth to be delivered by Sewell Group on behalf of local developer Citycare.
The topping out ceremony - a tradition that dates back to the days of the Vikings - marks the moment when the highest point of a new building is reached, honouring the construction team's hard work and wishing them safety on the remaining development work. So far, approximately 7,924 'person' days have been invested into the construction of the Wilberforce Health Centre
More than 50 people gathered at the city centre site and the team there has plenty to be proud of with a top notch safety record and no reportable accidents this year. It is estimated that approximately 311 people will have contributed to the construction of the Wilberforce Health Centre since work started back in early 2010 - 78 per cent of these people are from the city, ensuring the supply chain remained firmly local. The project is still on target to achieve 90% by the time the project is completed.
Alan Johnson MP, said: "The team at Sewell Group has done a wonderful job with this health facility and the many others the company has built in recent years. Sewell Group and its people should be congratulated for what they have achieved on behalf of NHS Hull and for the people of our city. When the National Health Service was created there was vision to open health centres in every community. This vision is being realised in Hull and I am delighted to be here at a city centre site within my constituency that will be home to a 'walk up' health centre that's open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year. These projects, linked to Building Schools for the Future, are helping to regenerate our city. I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this project for a job very well done so far and I look forward to seeing the centre when it is finished in November."
Paul Sewell, Managing Director of Hull-based Sewell Group, said: "I would like to congratulate the construction team and our supply chain for a job very well done up to this point. We have truly reinforced our considerate constructor position with this project by doing the right things consistently well. Our HU postcode employment record, our green credentials and the respect we've shown our nearby neighbours are a clear sign that we go well beyond the basic transaction and that we care. This project has been delivered by people from Hull for the people of Hull and we are delighted and proud to be playing a pivotal role in developing Hull's healthcare strategy."
Suzy-Brain England, a Citycare Board member, said: "This is a great story on what is Hull's very own Story Street. There is a fantastic bond between all parties that has resulted in some tremendous projects delivered over the last five years. Today is a truly momentous occasion and on behalf of the Citycare Board I would to thank Mark Dodgson, the project manager, and his team for all of their hard work here at the Wilberforce health centre."
Mark Dodgson, Sewell Group's project manager, said: "Topping out is a great construction tradition and we're delighted that we can mark this milestone on a project that is being delivered on time and in budget. The development is really taking shape now and is already making its mark on the community, who know that we are working on a centre that will dramatically improve the quality of vital health and community services for them."
Jo Barnes, chief executive of Citycare, said: "We are very pleased that so many people were able to join us for the topping out ceremony on this key development. We have reached a significant stage in the construction of the Wilberforce Health Centre."
The centre will integrate health, social and community services under one roof, giving the community a new centre for the area, providing assistance on many issues and a broad range of health related consultation and treatment for residents.
Citycare has worked closely in partnership with Sewell Group and people in the community and local schools during all stages of the development, as well as minimising disruption to residents. The topping out is the latest highlight in construction work that will eventually see an estimated 400 tonnes of steel and 265 miles of copper cables used onsite.
- A £16.5m project.
- The facility will be home to a walk-in GP service, which will be for both registered and non-registered patients.
- It will be open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year, and will also be a base for paramedics.
- People who use Wilberforce Health Centre will also be able to see other GPs, who will relocate from nearby surgeries, as well as access dental, sexual health and addictions services.
- The centre will include a café and will also be home to Hull City Council services.
- The new building is the tenth to be developed by Citycare - the partnership between NHS Hull, the city's primary care trust, and the Sewell Group - in Hull's NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust programme.
Also, here are some more construction facts about the site, which you may have seen already - but maybe not!
• 2,015m steel wire armoured cabling
• 2,300m single insulated cables
• 20,600m twin & earth power & lighting cables
• 48,755m telephone & data cables
• 12,000m of specialist controls cabling
• 4,800m of fire protection cabling
• Totalling 90,470m of copper cable and if stripped down would stretch to 265 miles
• There are 1,393 computer outlets
• There are 1,600 twin 13 amp socket outlets
• 20 miles of under floor heating pipe work
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