01 July 2009,

Landmark Primary Care Centre Project for Glossop

Landmark Primary Care Centre Project for Glossop - 2nd July 2009

On 24 June 2009 the people of Glossop moved a step closer to having theirlong awaited landmark Primary Care Centre.

The signing of the contracts today means that construction work will start on site, following the end of a 12 month design and development process that will deliver, by mid 2010, a 'leading edge' Primary Care Centre under the Governments successful NHS LIFT initiative.

NHS Tameside & Glossop Chief Executive, Dr Tim Riley said: "We are delighted that we are now a step closer to bringing this exciting new facility to Glossop. It will allow us to offer a wide range of health services within bright, modern and accessible surroundings, which will benefit patients, staff and the community as a whole".

The existing health centre will be demolished to make way for the new 1,320 m2 Primary Care Centre which has been designed sympathetically to blend in with the surrounding conservation area.

As part of this philosophy, the design has also included a number of sustainable technological features which include:

· Co2 Air Heat Pumps to heat the floor

· Roof mounted solar thermal panels to provide up to 30% of the daily hot water demand.

The new centre will offer a number of modern consulting rooms and clinics, facilities for minor surgery and dental services as well as providing space for local community groups.

Alan Maden, Chair of Bury, Tameside & Glossop Community Solutions for whom this marks the start of the third development under the LIFT initiative added: "Last year we took our design proposals to local people and were very pleased with the overwhelming support the people of Glossop have for our plans. I particularly remember two of those comments, one said, 'Glossop has waited a long time for this' and the other said, Bring it on".

Press Contacts

Simon Barnes, General Manager - Bury, Tameside & Glossop Community Solutions
Tel: 07810 850 467, Email: simon.barnes@community-solutions.co.uk

Warren Taylor, Business Development Director - Community Solutions for Primary Care
Tel: 07813 056 056, Email: warren.taylor@community-solutions.co.uk