Innovative doctors at a busy Sutton Coldfield medical and teaching practice are delighted with their big new building project, but their patients will be feeling even better.
The Ley Hill Surgery teams are planning to use some of the much-needed extra space to extend wellbeing services as well as enhancing facilities for the 12,000 people they look after.
The two extensions currently being created by Greswolde Construction will also provide additional teaching capacity for the practice, which trains doctors for the University of Birmingham.
The Greswolde team, led by Contracts Manager Jason Taplin and Site Manager John Logan, is hard at work on the challenging £680,000 project, which includes some demolition, on the very tight Lichfield Road site.
"It's also business as usual at the surgery, but we're used to live sites. Deliveries are painstakingly timed and we are working very closely with the Ley Hill team," says Jason.
"John is great at making things happen in the best way possible for us. We have weekly meetings so that I know exactly what's coming," reports Nicki Frost, the Patient Experience Team Leader for Ley Hill Surgery & Falcon Medical Centre.
This is the fourth improvement project in the last three decades and will utilise every bit of space for Ley Hill, now part of the six surgery Sutton Coldfield Group Practice as well as the Our Health Partnership.
Architects at Gould Singleton Partnership, who designed previous enhancement projects, have added decorative brickwork corbeling to reflect that used on the original building.
"It's an eye-catching leitmotiv that runs through the evolution of the building," says Celine Hynes.
The new ground and first floor extensions will provide the practice with six new consulting rooms, an extra meeting room and an enlarged multi purpose room, already used for mindfulness courses among other services.
There will also be coveted extra parking spaces at the practice, which houses 11 GPs, trainee doctors, six practice nurses, two health care assistants, a phlebotomist and visiting physiotherapists.
"The project will deliver wonderful enhancements for us. We will be able to extend what we offer, including more wellbeing sessions, which our GPs are eager to provide," adds Nicki, who joined Ley Hill 15 years ago, as the receptionist.
"Our rooms will also be bigger, which means that we will be able to also supply joint staff and clinician training for our partners. We can't wait."