Speller Metcalfe to build new £5m ‘super surgery’ in Cinderford
Building contractor Speller Metcalfe has been contracted by healthcare developers Assura to build a new medical centre in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.
The new facility will be built on disused industrial land on Valley Road as a much-needed replacement for the town’s cramped and outdated health centre. The existing Dockham Road centre currently houses Dockham Road Surgery and Forest Health Care, both of which will move to the new site.
The two-storey, 1,477 sq. m surgery has been designed by Midlands-based architects Bundred and Goode and will feature an airy central atrium with two reception areas and separate wings on either side to house each doctor’s practice. Additional consulting rooms and nurse treatment areas will allow the practices to offer a broader range of services to help meet the increasing health care needs of the 14,000 patients that are expected to use the centre. A 98-space car park will also be created on site.
Leading the way in dementia care, the centre is set to be one of the first dementia-friendly surgeries in the country with accessible signage and a layout specifically designed to take into account the needs of people with dementia. It will also be built to the highest of sustainability standards, with the entire south-facing roof covered in photovoltaic solar panels.
Construction firm Speller Metcalfe, who will start work on the building in June, come to the project following success on a similar medical centre scheme for Assura in Kidderminster.
Andy Metcalfe, Joint Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe, said: “Speller Metcalfe is delighted to have been appointed to build this new community facility and are excited to see such an important and anticipated project progress over the coming months.
We bring to the scheme a wealth of experience in delivering first-class healthcare facilities and look forward to working once again with Assura to develop a modern, fit-for-purpose medical centre for the people of Cinderford.”
Jonathan Webb, Senior Development Manager at Assura, said: “ We’re looking forward to working with Speller Metcalfe on this much-needed new medical centre for the GPs and patients of the Cinderford practices. Alongside the dementia-friendly aspect there are a number of innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable design initiatives that we have specified.
We can’t wait to see the building complete and finally open for patients after many years of hard work and planning by the project team, GPs and CCG.”