A new era in health and social care began today (Monday 22 March 2010) when the new £18 million Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre opened its doors for the first time.
The new Centre will provide health and social work services to a population of more than 20,000 Renfrew residents in state-of-the-art, fit for purpose facilities.
The Centre brings together health and social work services under the one roof for the first time. It will be home to 11 GPs from the three Renfrew practices which are relocating to the Centre plus a range of services including a general dental service, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, community nursing, the joint learning disability service for all of Renfrewshire and Renfrew social work services.
Councillor Derek Mackay, Chair of the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership and Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: "The opening of this outstanding facility marks a major milestone in regeneration of Renfrew’s town centre. Bringing together all these services under one roof will ensure that residents have excellent and seamless access to the services they need, when they need them.
“I know from speaking to people in the town that they have been looking forward to this innovative facility opening and I know that they are as enthusiastic as I am.”
David Leese, Director of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership said: “This is a landmark, flagship health centre development that will provide the very best facilities for community based health services. Also, working in partnership with social work colleagues is important in tackling a range of health and social issues and this joint development will therefore bring real benefits for the people of Renfrew.
“We have created fantastic, bright, modern facility that is fit for the 21st century which we know our patients and staff will be proud of and take great benefit from.”
The new Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre is a joint development between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council and local residents have also had a major hand in shaping the new Centre from the outset of planning three years ago. As a result a number of changes to the original plans have been made thanks to the contribution from members of the public. Local pupils from Renfrew High School have also played their part and have come along to planning meetings and shared their views on the services that should be provided.
The Centre’s architects, Holmes, have worked closely with the CHP, Council and local community representatives to create a bright, airy welcoming space. Light floods into the building and there has been real attention to detail including the use of many natural materials.
Local artists have also created wonderful artworks for the Centre including art students from nearby Reid Kerr College.
Project architect Kerry Boyle of Holmes said: "Holmes was delighted to work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council on this prestigious health project. The successful design was the result of a unique collaboration between the design team, Interserve PSL as the contractor, the client and the local community."
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NOTES TO EDITORS
• Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre building floor area is 5260m2, which approximately equates to the size of one standard football pitch.
• The site itself is 11,515m2 which equates to just over 2 standard football pitches
• with a large public amenity area of 3275m2 connected directly to Renfrew town centre, which is almost 3/4 of the building footprint itself.
• The building used approximately 200 tonnes of steel
• It has 1115m2 of glazing, making up more than a third of the external wall area.
• The building was designed to minimise its environmental footprint. Heating demand is reduced through the use of a biomass boiler plant - 'biomass' is an alternative solid fuel to conventional fossil fuels and has an impact on carbon emissions that is close to neutral.
• The building facade performance was designed to minimise summer solar gain in order to maximise natural ventilation while also maximising daylight penetration.