14 September 2010,

EHH LIFTCo - Offical Opening of Jubilee Gardens Health Centre and Library

Jubilee Gardens Health Centre and Library, Ealing's most ambitious healthcare project to date under the LIFT (Local Improvement and Finance Trust) initiative, has been officially opened by the local MP for Ealing Southall, Mr Virendra Sharma.

Developed jointly by NHS Ealing and Ealing Council, in partnership with LIFT developer Building Better Health, the scheme provides a fresh new approach to healthcare facilities.

Built for NHS Ealing, the innovative £4.9 million, 2,100m2 scheme integrates a health centre and library. With accommodation for two local GP practices, as well as much needed community treatment and specialist facilities, including audiology, maternity, podiatry and leg ulcer clinics, it provides a truly modern service for the community.

To enhance the flexible use of the facility, NHS Ealing has appointed a centre manager who will work closely with the local health community and GP practices to make sure that the health centre is meeting patient demand and need in this diversely populated area of the borough.

"The response to the scheme has been positive," comments Marie Pemberton, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at NHS Ealing. "Since first opening on the 18th of January 2010, the new health centre is now working to near capacity. The modern facilities ensure that the local population has improved access to a wider range of services closer to where they live. Staff have worked hard to assist in the smooth transition for patients from other clinics and practices who now have access to the new health centre."

Staff have benefited from fit-for-purpose working environments that allow them to focus on what truly counts - delivering exceptional healthcare.

The local approach of providing several services under one roof gives a focal point for the community. The project clearly illustrates the benefits of the public and private sector joining forces to deliver high quality and cost efficient health centres.

Designed by partner architect Penoyre & Prasad and constructed by Willmott Dixon, the project includes a well-lit double height public foyer to provide health information and leads to a community meeting space. The new branch library is now much more attractive to all generations, providing valuable community resources in the form of PC terminals, media loans and books.

Through the strength of its partnership, and premiership procurement chain, Building Better Health has paved the way for design-oriented health centre schemes of the future. The company is the private sector property development partner for three London LIFT ventures and aims to meet the demands of integrated healthcare provision whilst encompassing architecturally inspiring design features that benefit both users and the local community.

Chief Executive at Building Better Health, Sylvie Pierce, said: "Jubilee Gardens is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can work in harmony to deliver high quality facilities that are a real asset to the community. Together, we are committed to providing high quality schemes that will revitalise the area and highlight the benefits of effective partnering."

Jubilee Gardens is being followed by the £5.4million Grand Union Village Primary Care Centre, another ambitious LIFT scheme for NHS Ealing. Representing the next stage in a 25 year programme of healthcare development, the two schemes will provide Ealing residents with modern facilities of the highest quality.

For further details please contact Building Better Health - West London Limited