04 August 2011,

South West London Health Partnerships - Green Light for Surbiton Health Facility

A project to create a new health facility and primary school on the Surbiton Hospital site is moving ahead at pace, following formal financial sign-off for the development on Wednesday 3 August 2011.

The financial sign-off between NHS Kingston and South West London Health Partnerships formally provides the funding for the scheme as well as approving the building specification so that the main construction work can begin.

In addition it agrees the mechanism for delivering an energy centre that will be included in the new facilities as just one of the measures to ensure sustainability is at the heart of the scheme.

Preparation of the site has already begun, with contractors ensuring their work causes minimal disruption to the local community.

Once open in the early part of 2013, the health facility will house four local GP practices and will provide a wider range of opening times and additional services for the local population, including urgent care. A two-form entry primary school will also be provided on the site from September 2012, addressing demand for school places in the area.

Planning permission for the new development was granted on 3 March 2011, after extensive engagement with patients and local people.

David Smith, Director of Health and Adult Services in Kingston, said: "Formal financial sign-off is a significant achievement and demonstrates the viability of our plans for the Surbiton Hospital site. The good news is that local people will benefit from new facilities that are specifically designed to deliver the latest health and education services, and the buildings will also be enjoyed by generations to come."

The project will be delivered by developer South West London Health Partnerships on behalf of NHS Kingston, with Willmott Dixon managing construction work on site.

The project has been developed with South West London Health Partnerships under the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative. The company is a public private partnership which includes primary care trusts in South West London as well as Community Health Partnerships.

For further information please contact South West London Health Partnerships