Salford health hub takes shape

Warden Construction has begun construction of a new £4.6m integrated health centre in the heart of Little Hulton, Salford.

Serving around 13,000 people, the centre brings together podiatry, speech and language therapy, and diabetes clinics, along with GP, smoking cessation service, and mental health services.

Dr Tom Tasker, chairman of NHS Salford CCG, added, “This new health centre will give people living in Little Hulton access to high-quality, integrated services.

“Throughout the development of these plans, the CCG and GP practices have been speaking to the local community about what they want from health and wellbeing services in the area and we’ve listened to those views.

“This new health centre is going to bring significant benefits to Little Hulton as its GP practice will be working from a much-more-modern building, as well as bringing more hospital services into the community and closer to people at home.”

The new facility will feature a two-storey aluminium-clad entrance. highlighted by striking-green cladding, which contrasts the remaining grey-and-white brickwork and white concrete render elements.

It is funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Salford Primary Care Together (SPCT), and Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

The project team consists of architects, Blue Sky; WML Consulting, providing civil and structural services; and TACE acting as mechanical and electrical engineers.

Richard Kenworthy, managing director at Warden Construction, said: “This integrated health centre, designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, will provide welcome regeneration of vacant land in Longshaw Drive, adjacent to the current Little Hulton health centre.

“Our team has already commenced site clearance and, with a 12-month build programme ahead of us, we’re expecting to open the doors to the public by autumn 2020.”