30 April 2007, North

Greater Notts LIFT soon to open a new joint access centre in Hyson Green

The new £14.5m Mary Potter Centre in Hyson Green will soon be opening its doors to the public. Phase one of the development on Gregory Boulevard has now been completed at a cost of £9m, following 14 months of building work.

The joint access centre, the second in Nottingham city, is being developed by Greater Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) for Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a public private partnership agreement. When finished next year, it will house a range of Nottingham City Council, NHS, Nottingham City Homes and community services in one central location.

Health services will be the first to benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities, with three GP practices and primary care health teams moving from the outdated health centre on the same site over the next three weeks. The new building will be open for business from Monday 16 April.

The next stage of the development will see the old health centre demolished and the final part of the new building constructed in its place. The new Acorn Resource Centre, a council facility for people with physical and sensory impairment willalso be finished and the original Acorn Centre adjacent to it demolished to make way for car parking.   Lee Clayton, chief executive of Greater Nottingham LIFT Company says: "We are very proud of the Mary Potter Centre, which will be a real landmark building in Hyson Green when it's finished in 2008. It is a complicated project, and the team at Greater Nottingham LIFT has worked hard to ensure that building work hasn't disrupted the health and Nottingham City Council services still being offered elsewhere on the site.   "The state-of-the-art facility will benefit the people of Hyson Green for generations to come."   Says Diane Ashworth, senior health centre manager at the current Mary Potter Health Centre: "This is fantastic news for both patients and staff. The new Mary Potter Centre will give us more space and enable us to provide first-class healthcare from modern, purpose-built accommodation. We're very much looking forward to working in partnership with our colleagues from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes as building work is completed and teams move in to join us."