Apollo has this month successfully achieved a legal close with the Farrow Medical Centre in Bradford to develop a surgery and pharmacy on land adjacent to their existing surgery.
Construction work will commence next month; this follows planning consent which was granted last autumn and the successful diversion of a public footpath and partial road closure; both required to facilitate the development of the derelict site which has been an eyesore for the local community for many years.
The prominent 810m2 building will front the Otley Road and become an important feature of the local landscape. The predominately two storey building will be shared by the Farrow Medical Centre and the Farrow Pharmacy. The Farrow practice is long established in the area and has grown over time to its current 6 GP partnership serving over 5,500 patients.
The building will have 9 consulting rooms, 1 treatment room, a counselling room and a multi-purpose clinical room adjacent to the ground floor waiting area suitable for a variety of uses. There is an atrium providing a visual connection between the ground and first floor waiting areas, natural ventilation and daylight into the core of the building. The pharmacy is integral to the building and will be open 100 hours a week.
The building contract has been let to Bermar Building based in Bradford. The building has been designed to achieve a Breeam rating of Very Good with Excellent for energy efficiency with Photovoltaic panels on the roof, natural ventilation throughout the building and lighting sensors to minimise the operating costs of the building.
The building is due for completion next summer.