New £7.5 million Leicestershire treatment centre completed on schedule

St Luke's Treatment Centre in the final phases of construction

by Aran Matharu

Work on a flagship £7.5 million healthcare facility in Market Harborough is complete, with NHS partners now preparing to welcome the first patients in March.

Construction of the three-storey St Luke’s Treatment Centre began in November 2015 in a project that will see services relocated from the nearby Market Harborough District Hospital to the new building, next to the existing St Luke’s Hospital on Leicester Road.

The new facility is part of a project led by East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group to integrate healthcare services and was built by Morgan Sindall on behalf of NHS Property Services.

Patients attending appointments at St Luke’s Hospital have witnessed rapid progress on the steel-frame building, which is finished in red brick and white render.

The St Luke’s Treatment Centre will offer much-needed modern healthcare accommodation. It will enable integrated service teams to be created by bringing together clinical services – including mental health clinics – that are currently dispersed throughout the area.

The new facility will also enable patients to be treated locally, without the need to travel to Kettering or Leicester, and will be vital to meeting the healthcare needs of an ageing and increasing population. The provision of effective and convenient primary and community care services will also support patients to better manage their own conditions, thereby reducing the need for hospital care.
The ground floor of the building will house the St Luke’s branch surgery of Market Harborough Medical Centre; a Minor Injuries Unit (currently located at Market Harborough and District Hospital); a new X-ray suite; and physiotherapy facilities. Patients visiting the Treatment Centre will be welcomed at a bright and airy main reception and waiting room.

The first floor of the building features 20 consulting rooms that will be used for outpatient services provided by local NHS healthcare partnership, ‘Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance’ and Leicester Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), including specially equipped podiatry rooms and a base for the district nurse team. There will also be a separate reception and waiting area.

The build programme was completed to schedule in December 2016 and was handed over to the owner, NHS Property Services. The final, current phase involves the providers of the health services working closely together to ensure that the appropriate equipment is in place, and that a smooth and efficient transfer takes place from the current base at Market Harborough and District Hospital. The doors to the new Treatment Centre will be open to receive the first patients on Tuesday, 7 March.

Alasdair White, head of construction project management at NHS Property Services, said: “We’re proud to be delivering this superb building and would like to thank our NHS and developer partners for their hard work in creating this excellent facility.”

Tim Sacks, Chief Operating Officer for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, said: “The new state-of-the-art building will deliver joined up services from under one roof.

“We are committed to meeting the needs of local people and are sure that this new facility will be much welcomed by the people of Market Harborough and surrounding area.”

Dr Fiona Bishop, Senior Partner at the Market Harborough Medical Centre, is looking forward to the opening of the practice’s St Luke’s Branch surgery. She said: “The new facility will provide additional capacity to meet the current and future needs of our patients in a more integrated way.”
The 2,150sqm accommodation, procured through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) framework, has been designed to high industry standards to ensure it is efficient to run and fully accessible for disabled people.

Modern features include photo-voltaic cells to use the flat roof space to off-set the costs of running the building, natural ventilation to rooms, and a window and ‘brise soleil’ sun shading system strategically positioned on the south elevation.

The clinical floors are served by two lifts, one of which is a stretcher bed lift, and three staircases while each storey has a colour scheme – green on the ground, blue on the middle and purple on the upper floor.

The St Luke’s site has more than 100 parking spaces for staff and patients, up on the cumulative previous totals of St Luke’s and the district hospital. Five of these are allocated as disabled parking at the front of the building and there will also be a drop-off area.

An external area has also been retained for the mobile breast screening service.

Formed by local authorities in the East Midlands and managed by Scape Group, EMPA improves the procurement and delivery of construction projects for public sector bodies, saving them – and the taxpayer – time and money. A number of local companies have been involved in the project as sub-contractors.

The building was designed by architects at Pick Everard, supported by project management by Faithful+Gould while Edge PS was the cost advisor.

NHS Property Services, which owns the freehold on the building, is currently finalising leases with the occupiers of the new building.