Artists impression of new Heckmondwike Health Centre
The project in Algernon Firth Park will be a £4.5million investment helping to drive forward the revival of Heckmondwike town centre. The project is being funded by the developer Apollo Capital Projects.
To create the new centre, Kirklees Council has teamed up with NHS Kirklees, two local GP practices and Apollo Capital Projects - a specialist health care developer based in Leeds. The building work is being carried out by Southdale Build Solutions of Halifax who have been appointed by the developer.
The three-storey care centre will be the new home for the Brookroyd House and the Undercliffe Surgeries which together serve a combined patient list of around 20,000 people. The Primary Care Centre will house family doctors and other NHS staff offering patient services. There will also be a pharmacy on site and the building will have 55 car parking spaces.
The development will also include a 45-place car park for visitors to Algernon Firth Park as well as improved facilities for park maintenance staff by extending the changing rooms next to the multi-use games area (MUGA).
The 1,800 sq metre building will also have a number of energy-saving features and is due to be complete by summer 2010.
Cllr David Sheard, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for Regeneration (North), said: “This is an important new step in the regeneration of Heckmondwike and will provide health services in a greatly improved setting which will be accessible for all. I am also looking forward the continuation of the improvements to Firths Park that will make a visit to the doctors, if not enjoyable, more bearable.”
Mike Potts, Chief Executive, NHS Kirklees said: “When completed next summer this will be a great addition to the local area. The investment by NHS Kirklees will give the local community a fantastic new facility and provide both of the GP practices and District Nursing Services a great new building from which to operate.”
Access for vehicles will be from the existing Union Street roundabout which serves Morrisons and pedestrians can access the centre from both Union Street or from Westgate via the park.