A major milestone in the construction of the new £2.7 million Shields Health and Care Centre in East Pollokshields took place today (Thursday 15 May) when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neill cut the first sod at a special ceremony.
The new modern, state-of-the-art health and care centre for the people of East Pollokshields will house two GP Practices, district nursing, health visitors, social work, community addiction services and health improvement teams offering a range of services such as smoking cessation support.
Other services such as primary care mental health services and money advice will also have the opportunity to use the community consulting rooms.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said: “I am delighted to have cut the first sod of land on this £2.7m project which will give patients in East Pollokshields access to a wider range of health and social care services in state of the art facilities closer to home.
“It is a wonderful example of our hub programme bringing together community planning partners, such as health boards, local authorities, police, fire and rescue services and private sector developer to achieve better value and deliver real benefits for local communities.”
The innovative new centre will offer people the ability to see a wide range of health and social care services all under the one roof – and also includes a self-sustaining garden. The Centre will be built on McCulloch Street and building is expected to be completed by December 2014 – with the first patients and visitors through the doors in January 2015.
Peter Daniels OBE, Chair of Glasgow City Community Health Partnership (CHP), commented: “I am delighted to see the product of our close partnership working with many other services and the local community come to fruition. The Shields Centre will be a valuable addition to the area, providing high quality, modern health and social care services for the 21st century.”
The design and construction of the new Centre is being undertaken by HuB West Scotland who have appointed CBC as main contractor and Anderson Bell Christie as architects
Debbie McNamara, Chief Executive of HUB West Scotland, said: “The Shields Centre is the first of six live projects that we are developing with the NHS to commence construction. The new facility, combined with the new school to be built on the adjacent site, will have a positive impact on the regeneration of the East Pollokshields area. We are proud to be using a locally based project team to deliver this new building.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing joins Peter Daniels OBE, Chair of Glasgow City Community Health Partnership to cut the first sod
Notes to editors
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is one of a number of public sector shareholders in hub West Scotland Limited, a partnership with private sector companies, formed to build community facilities through a collaborative approach to procurement.
The arrangement also allows for funding support from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Future Trust for investment in primary healthcare facilities and schools.
hub West Scotland: The development partner appointed to manage the design and delivery of the new building through its supply chain. hub West Scotland is a public private joint venture organisation established to develop and deliver value for money property solutions for its public sector partners.
• CBC: The main contractor, appointed through hub West Scotland, to construct the new Shields centre.
• Anderson Bell Christie: they are the architecture firm selected to design the new Shields centre. They have proven expertise in both creating community buildings and consulting with local people to understand community needs.
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