05 March 2010,

Great Notts LIFT - £22m Bulwell Joint Service Centre, One Of The Largest in The Country, Reaches Financial Close

Bulwell's new one-stop shop bringing together City Council, Health and housing services has been given the go-ahead.

Contracts have been signed by Nottingham City Council, NHS Nottingham City, and Greater Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust Company Limited (LIFTCo) to deliver a multi million pound centre in the heart of Bulwell.

The £22m state-of-the-art joint service centre, set to be one of the largest in the country, will be developed on a 3.54acres site on Main Street and Coventry Road, area of the town. The outdated Bulwell Health Centre, former Family Centre, Tyre and Exhaust Centre and Youth club have been demolished to make way for the new building. The building was given planning permission at the end of 2008 and is due to open in the autumn of 2011.

The centre will become home to Nottingham City Council services including:

  • A Play Centre

  • Youth Club - with indoor and outdoor sports facilities

  • Bulwell Library

  • Community Centre

  • Council's Bulwell Neighbourhood Management Team

  • Nottingham City Homes housing services

There will also be a range of community health services provided by NHS Nottingham City and two GP practices, with a total of eight GPs.

Local residents have already given their ideas for the new building through a variety of consultation events including targeted sessions for children and young people to put forward their ambitions for Bulwell and the new Joint Service Centre.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council's Portfolio holder for Leisure, Community and Culture, said: "The new centre will be at the heart of the Bulwell community, conveniently situated next to Bulwell Bogs Park and providing easy access to a full range of modern services and facilities. It is a major project for Bulwell, bringing a raft of services together for the ease and convenience of residents and staff and it is the City Council's ambition that the new building will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area and the transformation of the town.

Chief Executive of NHS Nottingham City, Andrew Kenworthy, added: "We have a strong commitment to delivering real improvements in health services, health care and well-being for the people of Nottingham. The new centre will enable us to provide local people with first class healthcare in a fantastic new facility, in the heart of Bulwell."

Some preparatory construction work started in late 2009, in anticipation of the go-ahead for the scheme. The main works will commence almost immediately, with completion due at the end of 2011.

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) has contributed £800,000 to the project. Commenting on the grant, Diana Gilhespy, emda's Executive Director of Regeneration, said: "We're delighted to support this scheme which will bring real benefits to the local community. Our investment has helped with site clearance and remediation works so that the developers can commence the construction works in earnest."

The Bulwell Joint Service Centre is the biggest individual project to date delivered by LIFTCo. It will be built under a 25-year public private partnership agreement and plans provide for an environmentally-friendly building with 10 percent less carbon emissions.

For further information please contact - Greater Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust Company Limited