The Cobridge Community Health Centre in Stoke-on-Trent has scooped the top prize in the ‘Community Benefit’ category at this year’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) West Midlands Awards.
Cobridge Community Health Centre is an important scheme for local residents who had campaigned for years to transform the previously derelict site in the heart of their community.
Since opening its doors in 2011, the centre has helped to greatly improve healthcare in the area through its integration of numerous health and social care services, including a pioneering sexual health centre.
Cobridge was commissioned by NHS Stoke on Trent and delivered by Staffordshire LIFT Company Prima 200 through the LIFT Programme and CHP is the head tenant.
Dr Sarah Raper, CHP Executive Director commented: “I am very pleased that Cobridge Community Health Centre has received this commendation, the award recognises the partnership’s commitment to transforming the estate for the benefit of the local community.”
This innovative primary and community care facility beat off stiff competition from the newly opened Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre to win the award category and was described by the judges as having “immense” benefits for the local area.
Steve Sprackling, Development Director at Prime said; “We were up against strong competition in the Community Benefit award category, including some of the most innovative new and regeneration projects in the West Midlands so we are thrilled to have topped the group. When we were developing the scheme, we put the needs of the Cobridge community at the very heart of the project, and we are delighted that this has gained recognition both within the community and externally.”
The health centre will now go forward to represent the West Midlands in the national RICS Awards in October competing against projects from across the UK.