Bury Council is looking to appoint an architect-led design team for the development of the Uplands medical centre, in what is being billed as the creation of a “wellbeing neighbourhood”.
The redevelopment of the NHS medical centre has long been on the wish list locally – based on Bury New Road, Whitefield, the centre reportedly has around 800 patients registered.
In 2016, local reports suggested that a £2.3m overhaul was on the cards for the site through Bury’s Clinical Commissioning Group. In September 2017 however, the CCG said that it was looking at a site in the Wheatfield area as an alternative investment, acknowledging that while Uplands was in need of attention, the matter was not urgent.
According to the tender documents, Bury is looking to appoint an architect-led team with planning expertise that can take the project on to the stage of securing a planning consent.
No value is listed for the project at this stage. The timeframe outlined is three years, and it is stated that the role includes not just the Whitefield site specifically, but to establish a wellness neighbourhood model to be rolled out to other urban sites in Bury. The deadline for expressions of interest is 26 April.
Bury Council has been approached for comment.