The new community hub on the corner of Hyde Road and Clowes Street is now complete and the new medical centre will begin taking patients from this week.
Key to the regeneration programme in the area, the hub houses the relocated West Gorton Medical Centre from Wenlock Way, and includes a pharmacy and shop with customer and disabled parking.
The new surgery building, which includes the pharmacy and a training space, used a sustainable design to cut running costs for heating and lighting – aiming to become the country’s first zero carbon doctor’s surgery building.
The development includes a significant greening scheme throughout the site, including planting beds, a fruit tree corner and an edible garden – to provide the chance to learn about producing healthy foods.
The overall West Gorton regeneration programme is being delivered in partnership between the City Council, Keepmoat Homes, Matrix Homes and the Guinness Partnership.
The programme has involved the demolition of 440 outdated Council properties, including two tower blocks, the building of 212 new homes for social rent; and the refurbishment of a further 144 retained homes. Keepmoat Homes are currently on site delivering up to 400 new homes for market sale.
The programme has also involved the extension of Armitage Primary school to provide additional school places, and the redevelopment of the former Fujitsu Complex as “The Space Project”, a purpose built facility for large scale television and film production, which over time, will create up to 500 new jobs.
Before the overall scheme is completed West Gorton will also see a new community park provided, together with other public realm improvements.
The surgery project was funded and led by Assura PLC, designed by West Hart Partnership and delivered by LSP Developments on land made available by Manchester City Council in a year-long build.
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “West Gorton should be considered as one of the real success stories when it comes to neighbourhood regeneration, where the community has been at the forefront of the plans – both in terms of hands on consultation, but also with real people and real families in mind during the planning stages.
“It is crucial that people have the services they need in the community they live in, and so it was important that through the scheme that local services were relocated like for like within the West Gorton neighbourhood.
“However, what we’ve seen here, isn’t just like for like, but a vast improvement and the new community hub is yet another reason why West Gorton is quickly becoming a popular option for young families who are looking for decent homes that are affordable in quality neighbourhoods, close to the city centre. In West Gorton, we have a winner.”
Julie Jefferson, West Gorton Medical Centre Practice Manager, said: “This is such an important step for our practice – the whole of this area has been remodelled and regenerated and there’s lots more housing to go up so we will have more patients coming through our doors – we need a modern space and facilities to look after them.
“Our old building used an awful lot of energy so we’re hoping that the new design will help us control energy costs and help the environment at the same time. Patients are really excited; we’ve spent a lot of time asking them what they wanted to see in the new building and we’ve been able to accommodate lots of their ideas.”
Dr Manisha Kumar, Clinical Director for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (a partnership arrangement between the commissioners at Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Manchester City Council), said: “This is very much in keeping with our long-term vision for bringing more health and care services together in the community, so that there is more support closer to people’s homes.”