Clydach Primary Care Centre, Swansea

Apollo Capital Projects was appointed by Swansea LHB and the Practice to provide a new integrated Primary Care Centre for Clydach. A site was identified in the centre of the community and Apollo took the project through a rigorous design process including AEDET, NEAT, Design Commission and Planning.The scheme was given Welsh Assembly Approval and was the first to go through the Design for Life process.

This new 2 storey building extending to 1,700 sqm is of contemporary design while using local materials. The Cwm Nant Lleici Stone on the elevations was quarried only 3 miles away in Pontardawe and the art work internally was made by the local school children and an artist from Pembrokeshire. The project took 34 months from inception to completion with construction taking 10 months. Clydach Primary Care Centre was opened to the public in April 2009.

Client Objectives

  • Deliver a new integrated primary care centre for Clydach
  • Locate the new premises in the heart of the community

Development Solution

  • Modern two-storey premises
  • Approved by the Welsh Assembly Government. The scheme was the first to go through  the Designed for Life process
  • Separate clinical wings including a Chronic Disease Management suite
  • Minor operations room
  • Accommodation for Trust therapies and community staff
  • Pharmacy
  • Community engagement through commissioning of public artwork by local school pupils  and Wales-based artist
  • Contemporary design incorporating local materials. Elevations use natural stone quarried three miles away


I have monitored a series of new primary care centres over the last few years in south Wales  and I will say that this is by far the best.
Steven Knott MRICS, monitoring surveyor for the practice


Project type: Creation of modern surgery and pharmacy

Project value: £3.9m

Size: 1,700 sq m;
8 GPs;
8,000 patients

Delivery: 50 weeks

Drs Tristham, Hammond and Francis;
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University  NHS Trust;
Lloyds Pharmacy