Construction work has been completed on the £2.6m Clay Lane Health Centre in Coventry, which will open to the public on Monday 20th May 2013.
The environmentally-friendly facility, located in Clay Lane on the site of an ex-servicemen’s club, was handed over to Community Health Partnerships (which will be the building’s Head Tenant) at an event held on the site of the new health centre yesterday evening.
During the next few weeks the centre will be fitted out internally for the new tenants to move into, including three Coventry GP surgeries, namely Dr Kashoty from Morris Avenue, Dr Pasha and partner and Dr Imoru from Walsgrave Road, which are relocating to the L-shaped 1,315m2 health centre.
Clay Lane Health Centre will include treatment rooms, GP training rooms, a pharmacy, counselling rooms, dental suite and a community meeting room.
The centre has been built by Galliford Try on behalf of Arden Estate Partnerships LIFT Company (Local Improvement Finance Trust), formally known as Coventry Care Partnership Limited. In addition to managing the construction process, Arden will also maintain the building for 25 years.
To meet the environmental standards set for NHS buildings, the centre has achieved BREEAM excellent requirements through the use of sustainable materials. It also features various eco-technologies, such as roof solar panels and light sensors.
Sarah Raper, Community Health Partnerships’ Senior Regional Director for the Midlands, commented: “Our overall aim is to create the highest quality primary and community facilities that serve the needs of local communities and contribute towards improving people’s health and wellbeing. When it opens, Clay Lane Health Centre will certainly achieve that aim.”
Vicki Ridgway, Development Manager with Arden Estate Partnerships, commented:
“By bringing together GP and other services into the new Health Centre, patients will benefit from increased access to services. The GP practices will also benefit, providing them with the potential to share support services and back office duties. Two other major advantages include the potential to offer extended opening hours, as well as a wider range of Primary Care services which wouldn’t otherwise be possible for small or a single-handed practice.
Not only will the centre bring first class Primary Care provision onto the doorstep of local residents, but attract much needed additional customers to the local Ball Hill shopping parade.”
Dr El Kashoty added: “We’ve been working with Arden Estate Partnerships for nearly three years now on the design of the new Health Centre and through the construction ensuring our patient and operational needs have been met.
The building is in a great location for our patients, ensuring whether they’re travelling by car, public transport or on foot, all of their needs have been met. The practice will now have the ability to offer a wider range of services to our patients in fit-for-purpose accommodation, and with the addition of a 100 hour pharmacy ancillary to the building will only improve access to primary care out-of-hours; we can’t wait to move in now”
Sean Bowles, Managing Director of Galliford Try Central said: “We are proud to have played our part in creating this new centre which will hopefully make a big difference to the lives of local users of the facilities.
This project builds on the good work we have already done in Coventry with Arden Estate Partnerships and we hope to be working with them in the future to further improve the health infrastructure in the area.”
L to R: Dr Sarah Raper, CHP Senior Regional Director, Midlands; Dr Ansar Pasha; George Marsh, Arden Estate Partnerships, Chair.