Project Value: £12 million
Located in the heart of the West Midlands, the Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care is not only an example of the best in flexible, modern healthcare facilities but has acted as a catalyst for regeneration and investment.
As one of the largest primary care centres in Britain, the £12 million, five storey building serves more than 16,000 patients, bringing together four GP practices, 12 NHS departments and space for a host of services, including audiology, dentistry and community nursing.
Designed following a process of careful consultation with patients and staff, the centre is an amalgamation of the skill, hard work and commitment of a number of public and private sector organisations. The landmark building not only serves as a gateway to West Bromwich but shows how a financially small project can trigger major changes, attacking the determinants of ill-health and kick-starting a £350 million regeneration scheme for the wider area.
Mill Rise Village
Project Value: £15 million
Mill Rise Village in Newcastle-Under-Lyme combines primary care services, with extra care housing for the over 55s – the first facility of its kind outside London. The success of the development is the result of eight partner organisations working towards a shared vision – to enrich the lives of residents in two communities hit hard by the economic downturn.
With high levels of deprivation, Knutton and Cross Health in Newcastle-under-Lyme were communities in need of improved health and social care services and extra care housing facilities that cater for the changing needs of an ageing population.
The partnership was committed to delivering facilities that enabled older people within the community to retain their independence for as long as possible, with the reassurance that services and support were close at hand when they needed them.
The outcome of this successful development is 60 one and two bedroom extra care apartments, a primary care centre with a restaurant, cafe, hairdresser, pharmacy and a piazza area, giving the communities of Knutton, Milehouse, Cross Heath and surrounding areas much-needed purpose-built healthcare facilities and a new housing option for older people.
As acknowledgement of such an outstanding partnership, the development went on to receive five awards, including the ‘UK’s most outstanding Extra Care Scheme’ in 2009.
Project Value: £6 million
The first project to be delivered by Birmingham & Solihull LIFT, Chelmsley Wood is the trailblazer to a programme to regenerate the whole of North Solihull. The building has a community focus, acting as a one-stop-shop for health and social care needs, bringing together under one roof, GP services, community health services, mental health services, social services, a dentist and a pharmacy, as well as a walk-in centre and minor surgery unit.
Its community café, which acts as a local meeting place and somewhere to get healthy, nutritious food, pays testament to the ability of primary care to help prevent ill health.
Brooklands Healthcare Centre
Project Value: £7.7 million
Brooklands Health Centre, which is run by The Practice Group, consists of a primary care medical centre, a dentist and cafe. It has the capacity to cater for up to 22,500 patients. This state-of-the-art, three-storey health centre for Milton Keynes Council and the NHS provides health services to the town’s eastern expansion area and serves residents of the new districts of Broughton Gate, Brooklands, Glebe Meadows and Eagle Farm.