A £9.5 million development which will bring together health services in Wallsend is now complete. Named Hadrian Health Centre, the building has become home to two GP practices and community health services.
The move into a new, modern and state-of-the art building has helped the long-term sustainability of the GP practices enabling them to offer high quality and modern health services for their patients.
A ribbon cutting event which was attended by Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, and members from Esh Construction, Assura, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, community health services and North Tyneside Council, along with children from Western Community Primary School, marked the official opening of the centre.
Esh Construction’s commercial build division delivered the project on behalf of Assura, a national primary care premises specialist that funded the development. The centre is the new home of local GP practices Park Road Medical Centre and Portugal Place Health Centre which have now merged as Hadrian Health Centre and joined by a range of community health services provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Grant Whyte, Senior Project Manager at Esh Construction, said: “We are proud to have delivered this fantastic new health centre which provides high quality and modern facilities for the residents of Wallsend.
“Throughout the scheme, we worked hard to maximise the social and economical benefits for the local area and re-invested more than £3 million within 10 miles of site – 52% of our contract value. We also made every effort to employ locally with more than more than 60% of operatives living within 10km.”
Children from Western Community Primary School joined invited guests to help officially open the building. Following a pebble painting workshop delivered by Esh’s Social Value Manager, wellness champions at the school helped create a raft of brightly painted pebble stones inspired by the theme ‘wellness’ which are placed in the health centres courtyard garden. Additional social value outcomes included the delivery of 84 apprentice training weeks and an employability session at Kings Priory School.
Andrew Cooper, Assura development director, said: “We’re proud to see this building open, it’s now giving local people the primary and community care services they need all in one modern health centre. This development could not have been delivered without the hard work and dedication of all parties involved, everyone should be very proud.”
Anya Paradis, director of place, for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board said: “This new facility will help transform healthcare services in the area as it brings together local clinicians and a range of community health services, all together in a convenient location for the local community, as well as helping the regeneration of Wallsend town centre.”
We are proud to have delivered this fantastic new health centre which provides high quality and modern facilities for the residents of Wallsend. Throughout the scheme, we worked hard to maximise the social and economical benefits for the local area and re-invested more than £3 million within 10 miles of site – 52% of our contract value. We also made every effort to employ locally with more than more than 60% of operatives living within 10km."