A brand new £22m state-of-the-art one-stop centre for the residents of Bulwell in Nottingham is a step closer to becoming a reality. Plans for the prestigious Bulwell Joint Service Centre development, the biggest to date by Greater Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Company and one of the largest of its kind in the country, have now been approved by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Primary Care Trust (PCT). It will be built under a 25-year public private partnership agreement.
Subject to local authority planning approval the purpose-built facility will be developed on a 3.54 acre site on Main Street/Coventry Road, in a proposed regeneration area of the town. It will replace the outdated Bulwell Health Centre, and City Council-run facilities including the former Family Centre and youth club will be demolished to make way for the new building. It is hoped the scheme will help regenerate the southern part of Bulwell.
Local residents are currently giving their ideas for the design of the new building, and are keen to make sure it will be in keeping with its surroundings. Services to be housed in the centre will include:
Nottingham City Council and community services including the youth and play services, an indoor and outdoor sports facility, along with a library
Nottingham City Homes
Community health services run by Nottingham City PCT
Two GP practices, Dr Adams and partners, and Dr Carolan and partners (Leen View practice)
Building work is expected to start in early 2009 and will take two and a half years to complete. In the meantime the existing Bulwell Health Centre services including GP surgeries along with the council's youth club will be temporarily relocated locally.
Lee Clayton, chief executive of Greater Nottingham LIFT Company, the project management firm commissioning the new Bulwell Joint Service Centre says: "We're delighted our biggest and most ambitious scheme to date has now been given the go ahead and we believe it to be one of the highest value in the country to be planned under the Government's Local Improvement Finance Trust scheme. We will continue to work hand in hand with our public sector colleagues to ensure it becomes a reality as soon as possible for the residents of Bulwell.
"The next step is to develop the designs in readiness to apply for planning permission in late spring next year. Including this new development we will have invested in excess of £70m in new health and local authority facilities for the people of Nottingham and have plans for much more."
Councillor Eunice Campbell, Nottingham City Council's Portfolioholder for Customer Services, Consultation and Area Working, said: "The new centre will be at the heart of the Bulwell community. It incorporates a library, youth and play facilities and voluntary and community sector organisations as well as the council, health and housing services.
"It is a major regeneration project for Bulwell. It should help in the transformation of the town and provide joined-up efficient and effective service provision for residents not only in Bulwell but in the whole area."
Nottingham City PCT's head of estates, strategy and capital procurement, Sharon Pickett said: "This new centre will give us the opportunity to provide health services to the people of Bulwell in a brand-new purpose-built environment. We're very much looking forward to working in partnership with our colleagues from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes as this joint service centre is developed."