Construction of Sudbury Community Health Centre reaches new heights

by Hollie Cowan

Local dignitaries and key members of Sudbury’s community joined project partners at the construction site of the new Sudbury Community Health Centre this month for a special ‘topping out’ ceremony.

The event marked the completion of construction work on the highest point of the building.

The new £10 million state-of-the-art centre is rapidly taking shape and on scheduleNHSPS 030 for completion in autumn. The roof and most external fixtures of the building are now in place and the access road has recently been completed. Work will now begin on the internal structure and fit out to create the internal corridors and rooms for all the new services, and installation of lifts, lighting, washrooms, flooring, ceilings and much more.

NHS Property Services is managing the delivery of the project and overseeing mobilisation plans to get services moved into the centre as soon as it is completed. It will hold the head lease and manage the new building on behalf of the NHS commissioners when it is finished.

Mark Marshall, Project lead of NHS Property Services Suffolk team

Mark Marshall, Project lead of NHS Property Services Suffolk team

Project lead, Mark Marshall, of NHS Property Services Suffolk team, said: “There have been many ups and downs over the past five years, and it has been extremely challenging at times, but the new centre is rapidly taking shape and is on schedule. This is something we should all be very proud of, and for me personally, it is an immense privilege to have led the delivery of this exciting project and will leave a legacy for the community that I and my project manager Derek Mitchell will always be very proud of.”

The community has been campaigning for a new health facility since the 1970s. The project has become a reality thanks to a dedicated partnership of NHS Property Services, Assura Group,  Galliford Try Partnerships, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, the local community, including Sudbury WATCH and district, town and parish councils.

Galliford Try Partnerships South East Managing Director Stuart Brodie said: “Despite the recent bad weather we continue to make good progress on the health centre. We are delighted to be playing our part in creating this facility that will be of such great benefit to the local community in Sudbury.”

Once completed the new Sudbury Community Health Centre will bring together a number of services which are currently located in outdated NHS facilities in the town – Walnuttree Hospital, St Leonard’s Hospital and Acton Lane Clinic – along with a local GP practice.

NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will commission services from the new building. These will include:

  • Paediatrics, dermatology, audiology, gynaecology, rheumatology
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy and continence clinics
  • X-ray
  • Community midwifery, health visitors and community therapy
  • Neurology, urology, ophthalmology and orthopaedics
  • GP services from Siam GP surgery