13 October 2009,

Leeds LIFT - Foundation Stone unveiled at Joint Service Centre in Chapeltown

A foundation stone has been unveiled at a state-of-the-art health and council joint service centre in Chapeltown, Leeds.

Councillor Richard Brett, Leader of Leeds City Council and Linda Pollard OBE, Chair for NHS Leeds will unveil the foundation stone at the ceremony to mark the start of the 70-week construction project on the Joint Service Centre (JSC).

The new JSC is among the first of its kind in the city and will transform access to local services by providing a range of health and council services for local people in modern facilities and all under one roof.

When fully operational the centre will be home to a new library and customer services points for council services. It will also provide banking facilities through the Leeds Credit Union. Local residents will also be able to access a range of health services, including health visiting and community midwifery.

Guests attending the ceremony will view site plans showing what the completed building will look like. The plans show how the building has been designed to fit in with the character of the local area.

Councillor Richard Brett, Leeds City Council leader, says: "The centre is an important part of the council's work to improve resident's access to key services and an excellent example of what can be achieved by working in partnership, being joint-funded and jointly run by Leeds City Council and Leeds NHS."

Kevin Howells, Acting Chief Executive for NHS Leeds, adds: "This centre will transform healthcare facilities for local people and provide staff with 21st century surroundings to work in. They will also be a focal point for local people and will benefit the community as a whole."

Nigel Fenny, Chief Executive at Community Ventures Leeds, comments: "Community Ventures Leeds is delighted to be working with Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds in providing these new facilities which will support services to the local community."

The centre on Reginald Terrace, will regenerate the site of the former Hayfield pub. In stark contrast to the former pub building, the new Joint Service Centre will be a welcoming and striking building in a modern design, yet reflecting the character of the area. The new services will include:

  • Leeds City Council Customer Services

  • Chapeltown Library

  • Leeds City Council Environmental Health Services

  • Leeds City Council East North East Area Management Team

  • GP services relocating from Westfield Medical Centre; and

community health services to include: health visitors, community midwifery, Multi-Ethnic Team, contraception and sexual health (CASH) and mental health services.

The JSC is part of a joint venture between Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds, and Community Ventures Leeds Ltd.

For further details please contact: Community Ventures Leeds Ltd