Work starts on Rochdale health centre

Nu Construction has started on site with the £2.3m facility at Kirkholt in Rochdale, to be delivered for Eric Wright Group’s care division and One Partnership.

Lancashire property business Eric Wright is working with One Partnership – its joint venture with Department of Health-owned Community Health Partnerships – along with Rochdale Council; the Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group; and the Kirkholt Medical Practice.

Triangle Architects has designed the centre, which is to be delivered by Yorkshire builder Nu Construction, with Eric Wright Health & Care joint developer with One Partnership. The 6,000 sq ft two-storey building will house a range of GP-led primary care services provided by the Kirkholt Medical Practice.

The centre will replace the current practice, which delivers services from a temporary structure on the site of a former roundabout. The building is located close to the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing – Kirkholt Strand regeneration project, with the new health centre being the latest addition to the regeneration of the Kirkholt area.

Wayne Ashton, head of strategic planning at Eric Wright Health & Care, said: “Rochdale Council’s decision to release the land for the new health centre and to take the head lease on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Group has helped to facilitate this development. With the project now underway we are working to a completion date of spring 2020.”

Council leader Allen Brett added: “The construction of this new health centre is a further symbol of the regeneration of Kirkholt and we are delighted to be able to get this long awaited facility off the ground.”

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