The newly modernised Pollok Civic Realm was officially opened today, Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon.
At a special ceremony, the Cabinet Secretary met with staff before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring the new facility open.
The £10 million Pollok Civic Realm project brings together some seven partners, who are housed in the new facility, constructed between the newly expanded and refurbished Pollok Health Centre and the renovated Glasgow Pollok Club.
From a single entrance the public are able to access the refurbished Glasgow Club Pollok, new Pollok Library and Learning Centre, Pollok Kist, a Café, Greater Pollok Citizens Advice Bureau, South West Stress Centre, employment services delivered by the Glasgow South West Regeneration (GSWRA) Agency, and the refurbished and expanded Health Centre. GSWRA will also operate a new nursery in the complex.
The Civic Realm forms part of the overall Pollok Town Centre regeneration, which includes the new Silverburn shopping development.
Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Civic Realm is a fantastic example of different organisations working together to improve services for people. Here in Pollok there’s now easy access under one roof to everything from GPs to the leisure centre.
“Providing modern, accessible health care in the community is vital, not just for patients but for the staff who care for them. The Scottish Government is investing £75 million over two years in improving our primary care buildings, and by doing so providing a real shot in the arm to the construction industry in challenging economic times.
“The Civic Realm is already making a difference to patients here in Pollok and I’m confident it will make an enormous contribution towards improving services for the people of South West Glasgow.”
Andrew Robertson, Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The Health Centre and the rest of Pollok Civic Realm have improved local services for the public and also the working environment for staff.
“The Pollok Health Centre redevelopment includes an additional two storey new build extension which was developed to house Podiatry and Physiotherapy Department, Dental Practice and Community Dental facility and a Pharmacy Department all on ground floor new accommodation.
“On the 1st floor there are new Integrated Children’s Services such as Health Visiting, Children and Family Teams and Speech and Language Therapy as well as space for consultation and interview purposes for services traditionally based in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill.
“Within the existing accommodation we were able to increase and improve the standard of accommodation for the four General Practices, which care for nearly 17,000 patients and introduce a Sandyford South West Family Planning Hub.”
“Much of the success of the new facility is due to the dedication, expertise and commitment of its staff and the partnership working between all of the agencies involved.”
At the opening, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Steven Purcell, said: “I am delighted that Glasgow City Council has invested more than £2.8 million in the project.
"Pollok Civic Realm is an integral part of the overall regeneration of Pollok, which, along with Silverburn, is making a huge difference in this area.
“The new complex is an excellent example of several agencies coming together to provide a one stop shop that will serve the needs of the local area on many levels including their health and wellbeing and also their recreational and community needs.
“Pollok Library and Learning Centre and Glasgow Club Pollok, both managed by Culture and Sport Glasgow, provide fantastic new services including free email and Internet access, IT classes, storytelling and homework clubs, while the leisure facilities such as the swimming pool, flumes, fitness suite, and dance studio have been extensively refurbished.”
The opening ceremony was hosted by Councillor Stephen Curran, Chair South West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership. He said: “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Council Leader Steven Purcell and the Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Andrew Robertson were all able to join us in Pollok for today's official opening. This exceptional building brings together under one roof a wide range of organisations serving the diverse communities of South West Glasgow.
“Working in close partnership here every day provides all of us with a tremendous opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in improving the lives of people across this part of our city."
For more information or images of the opening contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Press Office on 0141 201 4429 OR Gillian Lang Public Relations Officer - Development and Regeneration Services Glasgow City Council on 07810 834 632