20 December 2017, North

Construction to begin on new £12 million Primary Care Centre on site of former Alfred Barrow School

Architect drawing of the proposed primary care centre in Barrow

Work is set to commence on a new multi-million pound Primary Care Centre in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.  The new centre will bring together primary and community care services and will help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.  The facility will be situated on the site of the former Alfred Barrow School following the final go-ahead granted by health commissioners. 

The new BREEAM excellent facility is a 5,000m2 site developed through a Public Private Partnership Programme (Local Improvement Finance Trust) led by Community Health Partnerships Ltd (CHP), working with its local joint venture partner eLIFT Cumbria Ltd.  ESH Construction Ltd will commence construction of the new centre in January 2018 with completion planned for Spring 2019.     

This is an exciting project aimed at developing healthcare facilities that support the delivery of integrated care whilst creating an innovative workspace which departs from more conventional office layouts to help people focus on new ways of working and collaboration.    

CHP’s Development Director, Eugene Prinsloo said “Our purpose is to improve patient access to primary and community care through investment in high quality health facilities.  CHP is proud to be able to bring local services together, in a modern building that supports modern healthcare delivery. The people of Barrow will see the benefits of how public private partnership will help transform their health and wellbeing closer to home”.   

The project is one of the first delivered since the 2013 health care reforms.  This is a very complex environment and challenging time for the NHS.  The achievement of this financial close is testament to the persistence and commercial solutions brought by eLIFT Cumbria, and the focus on a common outcome that public private partnership brings.   

The Alfred Barrow School was built in 1888 and was given Grade 2 listing in 1993 before being closed as a school in 2013.  The development shows how modern and historic architecture can work effectively together and is designed to preserve and enhance the former listed school building as well as create a modern healthcare facility.    

The facility will house several GP surgeries, community and children’s health services in one building whilst preserving the oldest part of the Victorian Alfred Barrow School building for office accommodation and the ambulance service.  The Centre will have a welcoming, easy to access entrance and ample patient parking.   NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical

Commissioning Group Vice Chair and Barrow GP Dr Geoff Jolliffe said “I’m thrilled that we’re all set for the next stage of this exciting new health service project. This project has been many years in the making and will be a huge boost for the people of Barrow.”

The Project Management for CHP and Health Commissioners has been undertaken by a local organisation, CCL Solutions.  Director Tim Holliday said “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone which has brought together multiple stakeholders into an innovative health facility.  We look forward to leading the project through the construction stage to operations and bringing much needed investment into local healthcare facilities.”