HEALTHY BOOST FOR MIDLANDS & THE PLANET
TWO Midlands businesses have joined forces to deliver a much-needed new village medical centre, which will also contribute to a healthier local economy and planet.
Harborne-based Matrix Medical has engaged Solihull’s Greswolde Construction to produce the £1.8m Kibworth Medical Centre, which will achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Energy and is generating work for other local businesses and workers.
“This development will be our greenest and most energy-efficient to date, using sustainably sourced materials and renewable energy,” said Ashley Seymour, Development Director at specialist developers Matrix Medical, which has developed 43 medical centres across England and Wales.
“The result will be an environmentally friendly building with lower running costs for the doctors and better facilities for patients.”
“We are pleased to be working on such a welcome, and green, new facility and generating local business,” added Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest, whose Knowle-based company’s specialisms include health and education projects.
“We have brought in Market Haborough’s brp architects, the design and build project’s structural engineers are Couch Consulting Engineers’ Sutton Coldfield team, we have taken some Kibworth people onto the construction team, and the site’s top soil is going to a farmer nearby.”
Delighted doctors gathered for a sod-cutting ceremony on site at Beaufield Farm in Leicestershire’s Kibworth-Beauchamp last week.
Dr Choudhury & Partners are currently based in cramped and outdated premises 200 yards down the road.
With the help of specialist developers Matrix Medical, they have secured funding for the new 900 square metre centre, which will include 11 multi-purpose consulting and treatment rooms, a minor operations suite and a counselling room.
Senior Partner Dr Choudhury commented: “We are really excited that construction work has now started. The new building will include new facilities and give us the space to provide a wider range of services.”
The development is being funded by Assura, supported by NHS England and East Leicestershire & Rutland CCG, whose Chief Operating Officer Tim Sacks also welcomed the start of construction, which is to due complete next summer.
“We are delighted to see this project come to fruition at a time when Kibworth is expanding and placing more pressure on GP services,” he said.
“This development is a long-term investment for the CCG and is a key part of our strategy to improve access to healthcare and improve quality of care, helping patients to lead longer and healthier lives.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Celebrating Greswolde Construction starting work on Kibworth’s new Medical Centre are (from left) Ashley Seymour (Development Director, Matrix Medical), Kirsty Whawell (Kibworth Medical Practice Manager), Naz Choudhury (Senior Practice Doctor/ Partner), Tim Sacks (Chief Operating Officer NHS East Leics & Rutland CCG) and Saskia Freestone (Practice GP & Partner).