Primary Property Horizons worked in partnership with Southern Derbyshire LIFTCo on the £3m project, which will now provide health care services for 6,000 patients.
Steve Maleham, Managing Director for Primary Property Horizons remarked that work had progressed well throughout the project.
The new two-storey medical centre – built to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ specification – provides a net internal area of 800m², which includes a 100m² pharmacy providing retail space. It houses expanded GP consulting rooms and nurse treatment rooms, which will enable the practice to treat more patients in the future. It also offers accommodation for podiatry and minor surgery, a treatment wing, office accommodation and space for future expansion. It will be the office base for the area’s district nurse and has enabled closer links between GPs and the Glebe Centre, which offers a number of community facilities. The centre includes the core service providers: general practitioners, practice nurses, district nurses, health visitors, midwives, healthcare assistants, all the necessary reception and managerial staff, and provision for medical and healthcare students.
The commitment to the new build for Crich Medical Centre was agreed by Amber Valley PCT six years ago in recognition of the savings that would be made for the PCT when the two practices agreed to amalgamate with consequential closure of the Dimple Head surgery premises.
The new build was not without its challenges, as Steve Maleham explained: “It’s a steep, sloping site so the design had to accommodate the fact that we effectively built into a hill. To accommodate that, we built a ramp up to a car park at the top of the site. Patients now come in at first floor level, which is the clinical space. All the admin space is on the ground floor. It’s upside down in a sense.”
Adequate car parking – including spaces for less mobile persons – was created, and Primary Property Horizons also had to re-provide an allotment. The main materials used were brick and tile.
Design Buro were the architects for the project.
Tim Walker, Managing Director for main contractor Wildgoose Construction Ltd., said: “We are delighted to have completed this state-of-the-art medical centre for Primary Horizons and the residents of Crich.
“We’re pleased to have worked successfully with the client’s team, who have designed a building which is not only fit for purpose but will be enjoyed and admired by users.”
Primary Property Horizons specialise in delivering 21st century facilities and support services for the healthcare sector. They are a developer, project manager and consultant – designing and building new buildings and refurbishing, extending and modernising existing premises. Primary Property Horizons work in partnership with General Practitioners (GPs), Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), Local Authorities (LAs), Local Improvement Finance Trust Companies (LIFTCos), Pharmacists , Care Home operators and other healthcare professionals to provide local communities across the United Kingdom with individually tailored, modern and accessible health and social care facilities.
For more information on Primary Property Horizons, visit http://www.primarypropertyhorizons.co.uk/