Work starts on £5m Salford health hub

Warden Construction has started construction on a £4.6m health and wellbeing centre in Little Hulton, backed by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund for developer Castle Gate Projects.

The 17,500 sq ft site is situated on the vacant plot on Longshaw Drive adjacent to the existing Little Hulton health centre. The hub has been funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Primary Care Together, and Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

Local GP practises are set to move into the hub when completed towards the end of next year. The building will also house podiatry, speech and language therapy, and diabetes clinics along with a smoking cessation service and mental health services.

The two-storey building will feature an aluminium clad entrance, green clad walls. The remainder will be grey and white brickwork with elements of white concrete render.

The professional team consists of architects Bluesky, WML Consulting providing civil and structural services and TACE acting as mechanical and electrical engineers.

Richard Kenworthy, managing director at Warden Construction, said: “This integrated health centre, designed to a BREAAM Excellent rating, will provide welcome regeneration of land which has been vacant and overgrown for over 10 years. Our team has already commenced and, with a 12-month build programme ahead of us, we’re expecting to open the doors to the public by Autumn 2020.”

Tom Tasker, chair of NHS Salford CCG, said: “Throughout the development of these plans, the CCG and GP practises have been speaking to the local community about what they want from health and wellbeing services in the area and we’ve listened to those views.”

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