The Simpson Centre and Millbarn Medical Centre will be relocating next year into a new purpose-built GP practice called the Beaconsfield Primary Care Centre and will be situated on the Parkway site fronting onto the A40 to the south of the town. Following the granting of planning permission in March, the building contract has now been awarded by the developer, Apollo Capital Projects Development Ltd to Ashe Construction Ltd. They are based in Hitchin and intend to commence construction next month. The new facility will be complete and available to patients by next Autumn.
The two-storey property will present onto the A40 Parkway, with vehicular access from a new junction into the site from Walkwood Rise, leading to a 110-space car park. Patients will have easy access to both floors of the GP, which will offer 29 clinical rooms, health education facilities and meeting rooms. Adjacent to the building entrance, there will be a pharmacy. The buildings’ design will cater for the forecast increase in the town’s population arising from the new housing developments.
With this co-location, both GP practices will be able to retain their own identity. They will benefit from working collaboratively together in the building for the benefit of their patients.
The developer, Richard Drew, Development Director for Apollo Capital Projects Development Ltd said, “ Apollo is delighted to be involved with this fascinating and much-needed project for the town, which after five years since we first met both practices, is now ready to commence construction and be delivered for the patients for next autumn. The continued support from both Buckinghamshire CCG and NHSE has been important as has the assistance and vision from both Practices throughout.”
Dr Steve Brown, a senior partner at Millbarn, said, “ I and all my staff at The Millbarn are very excited about the Beaconsfield community benefitting from a new surgery. We will be able to provide high-quality medical care and meet the challenges that the NHS faces in the future”.
Dr Moona Rakhit, a lead partner of the Simpson Centre, said, ”on behalf of my fellow partners and all staff at the Simpson centre, I would like to say how keenly we are awaiting a move to the new premises so we can further improve patient journeys. This will allow us to expand the experience collaborating with other agencies like volunteer groups and other support agencies to provide more holistic care also for the surrounding health community in the primary care network.”
Teresa Donnelly, NHS England Estates & Technology Transformation Fund Programme Manager, said, “NHS England has worked closely with both the Clinical Commissioning Group and the primary care development company Apollo Capital Projects Development Ltd to get to this stage of the development. We recognise that the provision of new surgery premises for the two practices is a very valuable development for the area and will provide the infrastructure to future-proof the provision of GP services for the area. We are delighted that the construction of this new GP surgery will shortly get underway”.
The development is being funded by Assura plc. The new Beaconsfield Primary Care Centre will add to Assura’s existing portfolio of 570 primary care buildings. The development has benefited from capital funding from NHSE as part of a national programme to support investment in the primary care estate.