04 March 2010,

Dudley LIFT - Keys Handed Over to Brierley Hill's New State-of-the-art Health and Social Care Centre

Construction company Carillion has handed over the keys of the £26.6 million flagship building in Venture Way to client Dudley Infracare LIFT.

Work began in June 2007 on the development which will consolidate three GP practices with a combined list of 14,000 patients and provide a range of facilities including, an audiology centre, social services and hospital provision.

During its construction, the development has enjoyed much success including winning the regeneration category in the annual LIFT awards last year and received the Best of the Black Country Regeneration award and the Employer of the Year award from Future Skills for local employment.

The project has also been instrumental in providing employment and training opportunities for local people, with local unemployed people recruited through Dudley Council's Future Skills initiative to work on the centre. In addition, 20 apprentices were given hands-on experience working on the project.

John Coyne, Chief Executive of Dudley Infracare LIFT Limited said: "The Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre is the largest LIFT project in the borough to date. It is a unique example of how a Public Private Partnership development can be a catalyst for urban regeneration. The Centre will bring new life into the town of Brierley Hill with over 600 visitors a day increasing the economic sustainability of the area while delivering the highest quality health and social care facilities to the local and wider population of Dudley.

"The project successfully secured a £5.6m grant from Advantage West Midlands, the first health project to do so and without which the project could not have proceeded. The local community has been fully engaged throughout the design and construction process resulting in training and employment opportunities for local people, a comprehensive programme for neighbouring schools through educational and artistic programmes and the use of supply chains and materials sourced from the Black Country area."

A phased commissioning and opening of the centre will now commence with it being operational and functioning in early June 2010.

For further information please contact - Dudley Infracare LIFT