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Dr Choudhury & Partners are currently based in cramped and outdated premises 200 yards down the road.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).
NEW TEAM AT THE HELM AS ANT POWERS UP
Jack has become Chairman of the Board of Trustees and former General Manager Clive Matthews has been promoted into the role of Chief Executive, as the Wyre Piddle-based Trust powers up for the next thrust forward.
“We are delighted to welcome Jack on board. His wide-ranging experience in Local Government, partnership working, the Droitwich Canals project and the Canal & River Trust (CRT) will be invaluable to us as we continue to evolve to ensure the Avon becomes even more of a magnet for boaters, local people and businesses,” says Clive.
“We are immensely grateful to former Chairman John Tomsett, after his three and a half year term in the lead role.
“John has done such a lot of powerful good for the Trust, particularly for its professional image and public engagement.”
ANT has made a big splash in the last decade, making the Avon one of the most expertly managed and well-maintained rivers in the country.
Innovations include the unique webcam network River Watch, to inform and protect boaters, and numerous partnership projects.
“Through Clive’s leadership the Trust has done a grand job building the Avon’s reputation. I am looking forward to working with Clive and helping the team move onwards and upwards,” says Jack, who lives in Harvington, near Evesham.
As well as his day job Jack, who has 31 years local government experience, is also Chairman of a number of organisations. They include Worcestershire Safer Communities Board, South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, The Malvern Hills Science Park and, until recently, CRT’s South Wales and Severn Waterways Partnership. But he couldn’t resist the chance to lead ANT too.
“I enjoy new challenges and these are exciting times for ANT,” he explains.
“There is a great potential to grow the Avon’s undoubted importance to our area, our local economy and the world of UK Waterways.”
All aboard. Avon Navigation Trust Chairman Jack Hegarty (right) and Chief Executive Clive Matthews.
GRESWOLDE ON FAST TRACK TO SPEEDY BUILDING SUCCESS
A fast-track £3 million Birmingham development looks set to be built in record time by Solihull-based Greswolde Construction.
Only the day after planning permission was obtained for a manufacturing facility at Hollymoor Point in Rubery, Greswolde was on site and hard at work.
Challenging construction deadlines meant around four months had to be shaved off the usual timetable for a design and build project.
“This was a tall order but we are very pleased Greswolde has been able to pull out all the stops and help to make this happen,” says Greswolde Director Chris Harrison.
“We are delighted to be on site assisting in bringing this important project to fruition for our long-standing client Hortons, who we have worked with successfully in the past on projects with tight deadlines,” he adds.
Development partners Trebor Developments LLP, praised Greswold’s speedy response to the deadline set by the end users of the site, Kings Norton based manufacturers Aquapak Polymers.
Trebor’s Managing Partner Bob Tattrie says: “The package was targeted to achieve the requirements of Aquapak Polymers, which meant overlapping design, planning and procurement elements, cutting some four months off the usual lead in time.
“Hortons already has an existing working relationship with Greswolde through work being carried out on The Grand Hotel in Central Birmingham, and we are very pleased Greswolde was able to move so quickly in line with our plans and those of the end user.”
The 55,000 square foot facility which is part of Aquapak Polymer’s ongoing expansion plans, is on target for a December handover.
PICTURE BELOW: Marking the first day on site are (from left) Bob Tattrie (Trebor Developments LLP) Paul Northover (Aquapak Polymers), Richard Norgrove (Hortons' Estate Developments), Mike Everard (Aquapak Polymers) Greswolde's Chris Harrison and Malcolm Priest and Alan Lusty (Adi Group)
GRESWOLD SCHOOL DOUBLES IN SIZE THANKS TO GRESWOLDE CONSTRUCTION
SCHOOL’S out for summer but work goes on at one Solihull primary where Greswolde Construction is busy with a project which looks set to transform facilities.
A £2.4 million project to build two new classroom blocks and carry out major refurbishment work will almost double the size of Greswold Primary School.
Deputy Head Teacher Matt Hornsey welcomed the work which will allow the school to increase pupil numbers from 500 to 700.
"This will have a very positive effect on the school and surrounding community for many years to come, giving us more flexible accommodation which will bring the school much closer together," he explains.
"The design of the new buildings will allow opportunities for us to enhance the curriculum in so many different ways and really complement the ethos of the school."
The striking project is the work of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's Building Design Group.
"The new design provides the school with an entirely new Foundation stage facility with a prominent entrance façade," explains Architect Sarah Newitt.
Greswolde will also carry out internal refurbishment and alterations. These include converting an existing nursery into a classroom, creating a new staff room, working on the roof and windows as well as providing a new soft playground and car parking.
Greswolde operates a strict building with care ethos in order to minimise any disruption and is working closely with teachers and parents to cause minimum impact to the running of the school.
"We have an excellent working relationship with Greswolde, who have been extremely accommodating and even plan to help children learn something about construction by carrying out guided tours later in the build," Matt adds.