• Jane Batchelor

New Medical Centre for Stourport takes shape

Updated: Mar 18

Construction work on the new £7m Medical Centre in Stourport has reached the half way point, with the main structure, ground floor external walls and roof trusses of the building now completed. The new Medical Centre, developed for Wyre Forest Health Partnership (WFHP), is on track to welcome its first patients in Autumn 2021.

Following changes brought about by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the town’s doctors are currently housed into one building, whilst using a second building as clinical overflow and administrative space. The new modern, sustainable, BREEAM excellent building, will replace these two existing buildings which are outdated, too small and no longer fit for purpose.

The redevelopment of the primary care estate in Stourport is vital in ensuring the future of primary care for the locality. The project has faced a number of hurdles along the way, including the build phase of the contract being undertaken throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Despite those hurdles, the project is still due to be delivered on time and on budget. gbpartnerships are working closely with architect, West Hart Partnership, and Assura plc, who will become the building’s long-term owner and property partner. The project has been made possible thanks to a £1.5 million capital grant from NHS England and due to a significant ongoing annual revenue investment by NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG. Clare Nock, Chief Executive at Wyre Forest Health Partnership:

"This was a complex project to bring together and it has taken a great degree of commitment and determination on all sides to turn the building from an ambition to a reality. The new Medical Centre will enable us to offer our 21,500 patients a wider range of services, in a building fit for 21st century primary care. We look forward to sharing it with our patients.”

Ian Tuddenham, Development Director at gbpartnerships commented:

“I’m extremely pleased to see this important facility progress so well, which is testament to the strong partnership working between ourselves, WFHP, Assura, and our experienced Design Team. The result will be a fantastic modern primary care facility for the patients and staff of Stourport.”

Jon Webb, Senior Development Manager at Assura, said:

“I’m delighted with the progress that has been made to bring this development to the community in Stourport. With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, medical facilities that are fit for purpose and enable staff to deliver the best possible care to patients have never been more important. It’s taken a lot of effort and teamwork from everyone involved to deliver this project and the latest steps are a very significant milestone in delivering this modern medical building.”

Simon Trickett Chief Executive/STP ICS Lead, NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG commented:

“It’s great to see this project proceeding as per the planned timescale and we all recognise what a challenging year both the Wyre Forest Health Partnership, the development, and the construction teams have had. The project has involved a significant capital and revenue investment from the NHS to make it happen and the building will be a huge upgrade on the existing facilities. We are all looking forward to it opening later this year and being able to play a major part in delivering modern healthcare for the local community.”

Design team: Architects, West Hart Partnerships; Engineers, CWA Engineering; QS/EA, Greenwood Projects; M&E Engineers, ESC Ltd and the contractor, Arthur M Griffiths.

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