VIP celebrations marked the official opening of a long-awaited £2.3 million surgery and community centre in Rugby by Greswolde Construction.
Rugby Mayor Cllr Tom Mahoney, MP Mark Pawsey, Greswolde Managing Director Malcolm Priest, NHS and council officials gathered with local residents at the ceremony on Thursday, 14th February for the opening of the state-of-the-art centre.
Paul Jones, Principal Construction Lead, NHS Property Services said:
“We are pleased to have played our part in developing the building with our NHS colleagues, working very closely with all stakeholders including the Patient Action Group, Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greswolde Construction Ltd, who were instrumental in delivering the new centre to a high specification and standard of finish.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the building complete and ready to provide the much needed GP services to the Brownsover community.”
Greswolde Construction Managing Director Malcolm Priest commented: “We are very pleased to have worked with NHS Property Services to successfully deliver this important and prestigious new health centre, which will provide spacious, modern accommodation for medical services for the local community.”
The new purpose-built centre, developed in partnership between NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG, NHS England and NHS Property Services, covers 624 square metres and includes five consultation rooms, two treatment rooms and a waiting room seating up to 34 people.
The centre has been designed to support up to 10,000 patients by 2030, based on expected population growth for the area over the next decade.
MP Mark Pawsey, who has spent years supporting the development on behalf of local residents said: “The new practice has been much anticipated and my constituents in the Brownsover area have been incredibly patient in waiting for this new replacement facility to be delivered.
“I am very pleased to have been able to work closely with the Brownsover Patients Action Group and the CCG throughout the process and that all our hard work has now paid off.”
During the construction period Greswolde engaged with local nursery and social groups to provide informal updates and insights into progress.
Greswolde Construction was appointed to build the facility by NHS Property Services, which has delivered the scheme on behalf of NHS England, Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group and Rugby Borough Council.
The building has been designed to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating, incorporating energy efficient boilers and controls, LED lighting throughout with intelligent lighting controls and is naturally ventilated, all helping to reduce the energy required to run the building.