21 April 2008,

Work starts on Orchard Park’s £14m flagship scheme

Work starts on Orchard Park's £14m flagship scheme - 22nd April 2008

Construction work on the pioneering £14m Orchard Park NISC (Neighbourhood Integrated Service Centre) in Hull is underway.

The new centre will provide joined-up health, council and community services for residents of the Orchard Park Estate and the wider Northern Area.

Work at the site commenced this week and was marked with a start on site ceremony at the existing Orchard Park Community Centre, on Thursday, April 10, attended by Diana Johnson MP, local dignitaries and members of the community.

The new centre will be the seventh to be delivered in the first phase of the city's NHS LIFT programme, delivered by Citycare.

Jo Barnes, Chief Executive of Citycare, said: "The Orchard Park NISC is our largest scheme so far, and with a City-wide investment programme of over £100m already agreed, we are well on our way to creating the network of state of the art community facilities that Hull's residents deserve."

Paul Brooke, director of Citycare partners Sewell Group, said: "We are delighted to have commenced work on this new centre, which is truly the flagship scheme of the first phase of the city's NHS LIFT programme.

"The centre will become a genuine hub of community life and will be a driver for regeneration. There is a real need for the centre at Orchard Park and for all of these services to be available under one roof. The building is an iconic addition to the Orchard Park landscape and the start of work here is the first milestone in a project that we are certain will be an unmitigated success."

Over the course of just three years, six other centres have become operational in locations across the city. The new centre on Orchard Park will integrate health, social and community services under one roof, providing the community with a new, welcome centre for the area, providing assistance on many issues and a broad range of health related consultation and treatment.

Once complete, the new NISC will replace the existing Community Centre.

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Notes to Editors

NHS LIFT:

  • LIFT provides a flexible mechanism for translating health service plans into investment propositions, so developments are geared towards meeting local health needs

  • LIFT will remove the disincentives of practicing in inner city areas, by developing innovative and more attractive propositions for GPs, and other primary healthcare professionals

Citycare - Hull's NHS LIFT Company:

  • Citycare is the company that is delivering the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) for the Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust and the population of Hull

  • It is a partnership between Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the Sewell Group

  • This PPP (Public Private Partnership) is responsible for property development, design, construction, maintenance and estates management services delivering over £100m worth of investment over a 25 year period. Investment that will deliver a step change to Hull's primary care estate

  • Citycare's aim is to provide Hull with a community-focused, robust and sustainable health care network over the coming years

  • Citycare's plans and objectives will underpin the modernisation of primary and community care in the city, whilst securing significant improvements in the health of local people and will be a major part of Hull's rapidly regenerating Cityscape

Hull City Council:

  • The new Neighbourhood Integrated Services Centre (NISC) on Orchard Park will bring together various Council services for residents in North Hull.

  • Council services will include the Customer Service Centre, the Northern Area Team including Housing Landlord Services, Streetcare and Anti-Social Behaviour Teams. 

  • The Area Team will continue, and expand upon, their work in delivering services to the local community.  Their role includes involving the local community in the democratic process and ensuring that they have the opportunity to participate at whatever level they choose. 

  • The Team will work hard to listen to what local people have to say and respond to their concerns to help deliver local solutions.

  • The development of the NISC also involves Hull City Council's Property Services team.