Published date: 15 May 2024

£24 Million Hinckley Community Diagnostic Centre Gains Planning Approval

Hinckley Community Diagnostic Centre will act as a major hub for swiftly diagnosing serious illness and diseases. The new centre will cost circa £24.6 million, with unanimous planning approval secured from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. NHS Property Services is working closely with NHS Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland Integrated Care Board to deliver the scope of works.

Hinckley is set to receive a brand-new Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) after unanimous planning approval was secured. NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (LLR ICB) will continue formulating plans for constructing the CDC.  

£24.6 million will be invested into the project via funding from NHS England’s national programme to develop CDCs in community settings across the country. Works are projected to start in May 2024, with completion expected early in 2025.  

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council approved the planning proposal that will see a circa 2000 sqm CDC erected. Once operational, the facility will provide capacity for 89,000 tests per year, across a suite of diagnostic capabilities including: X-Ray, CT and MRI scans, endoscopy, ultrasound and many more, delivered by University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust.  

The facility will be built by healthcare construction firm Darwin Group. Thanks to its innovative offsite modular construction methods, the project will be delivered up to 60 per cent faster and with up to 90 per cent less waste than traditional building methods, making it one of the most efficient and sustainable options in the marketplace.  

Andrew Strange, Estate Strategy Lead for NHSPS, said: “This is a very important milestone and we’re delighted that we can now progress with the build of Hinckley CDC. Diagnosing serious illnesses is integral, especially in areas where there are inequalities in obtaining excellent healthcare. As such, we’re looking forward to commencing works and delivering this important health facility in Hinckley.”  

Bill Cullen, Chief Executive of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said: “We are pleased the Borough Council has been able to support this major scheme investment, achieving a key milestone recently with the council’s planning committee approving the application to build a much-needed community diagnostic centre on Mount Road, Hinckley. Once complete, the centre will provide a local and easily accessible service for our residents, something which will improve our residents’ quality of life and may help to save lives. The centre is a great example of this council’s close working relationship with our key partners in the NHS, investing in the local services that residents tell us they want to see. The council will continue to lobby for an Urgent Care Walk in Centre to build on this investment in the town centre.” 

Helen Hendley, Director of Planned Care for LLR ICB said: “This is a significant step forward in the development and we would like to thank the Council, NHSPS and University Hospitals of Leicester for working with us to reach this stage of the project.” 

Richard Pierce, Darwin group CEO, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be working alongside our NHS partners to deliver Hinkley CDC, which will help improve healthcare outcomes for the local community.” 

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