A significant building milestone was reached recently in providing improved services for patients and residents in Merton. The redevelopment of the Nelson hospital site is well under way with the completion of the concrete structure for the new local care centre. Approximately 220 tonnes of steel, 3,500 m3 of concrete and 35,000 man hours have gone in to create the framework for the overall building.
Work has now begun on the superstructure. The external brickwork has begun to be laid, while the insulated wall lining is already in place up to the first floor level. The internal block work, which will create the various consulting and treatment rooms, has also started on the ground floor.
The planners and buyers of patient services for local people, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), paid a visit to the site this week to view how far the building work has come since construction started in April 2013.
Eleanor Brown, Chief Officer, Merton CCG said: “It is fantastic to see the new local care centre taking shape. It is difficult to appreciate just how impressive the new facility will be when viewing it from Kingston Road, but when you are on site it really comes to life. Having a walk through and being shown where the physiotherapy rooms or a treatment room will be was great. I left thinking this will be wonderful for Merton patients when it opens in 2015”.
When complete the new facility will provide 5,600m2 of useable space. While this is the same as the combined space of numerous villas that made up the Nelson Hospital, the new building provides a new service configuration to deliver 21st-century healthcare designed around the needs of local people. It will be a modern, purpose-designed healthcare facility which will enable the delivering of integrated health services, treating people wherever possible close to where they live.
Dr Howard Freeman, Merton CCG Chair, Dr Sion Gibby, GP and Merton CCG Locality Lead for Raynes Park, and Eleanor Brown, Chief Officer of Merton CCG visited the site of the former Nelson Hospital to view progress and to thank constructors Rydon and their workers for their hard work this year.
This will be wonderful for Merton patients when it opens in 2015Eleanor Brown, Chief Officer, Merton CCG