23 May 2011,

Liverpool and Sefton LIFTCo - Century-Spanning Time Capsule Marks Start of New era for Garston

A time capsule containing a snapshot of life in 1914 and 2011 has been buried in the grounds of a £13m new health facility in Garston.

The ceremonial event took place at South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre, ahead of an open afternoon for the local community. The time capsule features items first buried during the construction of the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Hospital, which previously stood on the site, together with new mementoes chosen by children from Sudley Junior School.

Developed by Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT), the Treatment Centre is a key part of the vision for 'A New Health Service for Liverpool', which involves investing in local health facilities so that services can be delivered close to people's homes.

The Treatment Centre is double the size of its predecessor, and provides a wide range of health services, including an NHS Walk-in Centre, drop-in sexual health services and a community café. The building centres around a courtyard garden, designed by artists from FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). The garden features rare plants from Liverpool's historic Botanical Collection, a sculpture by Liverpool-based artist Gina Czarnecki and the ambient sounds of a tropical rainforest, created by award-winning BBC sound recordist Chris Watson. The courtyard is also home to some key architectural features taken from the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial hospital, which were integrated into the design in consultation with Garston Historical Society.

Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care said: "The South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre at Garston is the flagship building in 'The New Health Service for Liverpool' programme and has very much been a collaboration with the local community.

"We have worked extensively with various local groups to develop the community areas within the building, including the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Garden and the atrium and waiting areas. We feel that these areas of the building have been particularly successful and innovative, and we are very grateful to the groups for working with us to create a building that will be relevant to patients for many years to come."

Mike Stubbs, Director/CEO of FACT said: ""FACT believes very strongly in the impact art can have on wellbeing and how it can help create more healthy spaces. We were privileged to be involved in this exciting project from the very beginning, and as a result we've been able to bring together acclaimed artists and filmmakers with members of community to create an environment that is inspired by local history and offers a place for services users to engage with art in many different ways."

The Treatment Centre also has impressive green credentials. As well as using solar panelling and making maximum use of natural daylight, nearly half of the building's energy demand is met by solar thermal collectors and ground source heat pumps that supply both heating and cooling, which reduce carbon emissions by 15%. Meanwhile, rainwater collected from the roof is stored in an underground tank below the car park so that it can be used to flush all of the building's toilets, significantly reducing the amount of water taken from the mains.

South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre overview

  • GP practices: two practices have moved into the building offering a range of GP appointments for registered patients

  • NHS Walk-in Centre: providing treatment for minor injuries and illnesses - including cuts, bruises, strains, sprains and skin complaints - without the need for an appointment

  • Drop-in sexual health service: offering emergency contraception, advice, counselling and information.

  • Pharmacy: Monday to Friday 8.00am-9.00pm, and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9.00am-5.00pm

  • Dental practices: two practices have moved into the building offering a range of dental appointments

  • Community Café: run by local social enterprise, Can Cook open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.00pm providing food and drinks to eat in or take away

For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton LIFTCo