Building work on the modern, state of the art community health centre will start in September 2008.
The centre, which will be built by Renova Developments (formerly Partners4 LIFT), will provide a focal point for the ongoing regeneration of the Duke Street area of St Helens and enhance the main Western gateway approach into St Helens town centre.
The building, which will be 4,698 square metres in size, will replace Halton and St Helens PCT services and one GP Practice in the existing Lingholme Health Centre, as well as Albion Street Clinic. Three other GP practices from the town centre will also relocate to the new building. The facility will occupy the site at the corner of Oxford Street and Crab Street and will house four GP Practices and a range of community based health and social care facilities, including a musculoskeletal pain clinic, sexual health and family planning services, a minor surgery suite, children's audiology suite, ophthalmology suite, phlebotomy, respiratory care and a retail pharmacy unit.
A huge process of consultation has taken place with service leads and the GPs to produce a building, which will incorporate best practice, but remain flexible to meet future developments and changes. Members of the public were asked to express their views about the services they would like to see within the centre and these have been an integral part of the development process, driving forward the planning and design process to ensure the needs of the local community are met.
"This building will be the jewel in the crown of the Duke Street regeneration plans" said Rebecca Burke-Sharples CBE, Chief Executive of Halton and St Helens Primary Care Trust.
"Our aim is to provide a building that meets the needs of the local community in an imaginative and practical way. Key to the success of this development is the commitment to partnership working.
"A great deal of our success to date has been the direct result of this commitment and we are delighted that we are now on the way to providing such an exemplar facility in this area of St Helens."
Richard Ashcroft, CEO Renova Developments said "It's fantastic news that Lowe House is now one step closer to fruition. One of the main objectives of this project is to breathe new life into the area and we believe that the striking, high quality design of the new health centre will greatly enhance the future of the local community."
It is anticipated that building work on the development will be completed by January 2010.
For further information, contact Jeanette Jones, Assistant Communications Manager, Halton and St Helens PCT on 0151 495 5179.