Building contractors Surgo Construction has started work on a £2m healthcare scheme in County Durham.
Working on behalf of Dr Martin Orlandi and the Ferryhill and Chilton Medical Practice, the new Chilton Health Centre will be located on a brownfield site on Tennyson Road, which was previously occupied by housing.
Designed by the architectural and interior design practice Howarth Litchfield Partnership (HLP), the health centre will include ground floor consulting rooms, counselling rooms and administration and meeting rooms with a shared reception facility.
The scheme is also set to include a dental practice, NHS facilities and a medical retail unit, as well as parking for staff and visitors, and Surgo expects to finish the project next autumn.
Newcastle-based Surgo was appointed after a competitive tender, strengthening the contractor’s pedigree within the healthcare sector.
Director Jeff Alexander said: “We are pleased to be able to get this scheme underway.
“The site, which was formerly given over to housing, has now been cleared and provides good access for construction traffic, so we are not constrained by the proximity of other buildings, which can often be the case within a residential area.
Durham-based HLP has significant experience in the healthcare sector and has completed numerous award-winning new build and refurbishment projects in the County Durham area including the Sacriston Surgery, Pelton Surgery and Adan House facilities at Spennymoor. The practice is currently working with Surgo on a further GP surgery at Wheatley Hill, County Durham.
Gordon Brewis, HLP director, added: “It is good to see this project start on site after a somewhat protracted process during which we have worked closely with the planning and estates teams at Durham County Council who have been most helpful and supportive.
“We will be submitting the building for a BREEAM assessment in the hope of achieving an Excellent rating, on completion.”
Dr Orlandi added: “This new health service development has been many years in planning and we have encountered numerous obstacles in the process. We shall now be able to provide a first class and modern one –stop health centre for the residents of Chilton and the surrounding area.”