Cheshire Health Centre

Cheshire, UK

Durrow Management



Completed 2013

Project description:
A site appraisal analysis and advice on a schedule of accommodation for a new healthcare centre in a market town in Cheshire. The scheme consolidates the existing town’s GP surgeries, provides diagnostic and treatment facilities and step down inpatient accommodation.

We evaluated a number of site options scoring them against agreed common criteria. In addition, consultation with the local planning authority helped inform the evaluation and final recommendation. Of the four sites assessed, the one where the existing hospital is located proved to be the most appropriate in terms of its size, existing planning consent and proximity to the town centre.

The design proposal for the new Cheshire Health Centre is a two phased development. The first delivers new build accommodation for the GP surgeries followed by a second phase containing imaging, diagnostics, consulting rooms and inpatient accommodation. The two phases are connected by a generously spaced and welcoming patient and visitor hospitality suite which would emphasise the importance of the healthcare facility as a wellness centre and resource for the community.

The proposal is expected to evolve and develop in consultation with the local GPs, existing healthcare providers and commissioners as well as wider stakeholders. It will deliver a much needed improvement in the provision of healthcare services at the local level and represents a model of integration between primary and acute care services that is both complementary and responsive to local needs.

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