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Devonport Health Centre, Devonport, Devon

A sustainable solution for the local health community

Project: 3 GP Practice / Pharmacy

Size: 853m2

Client: Marlborough Street Surgery / Poolearth Limited

Completed: February, 2016

GPI Project Director: Roger Serginson, Regional Director

Architectural Design:  ADG Architects

Contractor:  Henry W Pollard & Sons Ltd

Employer’s Agent and Planning Supervisor: Summers Inman LLP

M&E Engineers: Elementa Consulting Limited

“The practice thought long and hard about relinquishing our new build project to a third party developer. We needn’t have worried as GPIC worked closely with us to provide a state of the art building with the space and flexibility to house our multi-discipline team. Roger Serginson, our point of contact was single minded in jumping a few hurdles shepherding the project from conception. Originally working from cramped premises it has been a revelation to have space, light and all the other benefits a modern build provides. Without doubt the building is one of the finest in the South West and has been future proofed for our imminent expansion.”

Dr Steven Nash,
Partner for Devonport Health Centre

First Floor, Devonport Health Centre

First Floor
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Ground Floor, Devonport Health Centre

Ground Floor
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Key Attributes:

  • Brand new clinical facilities for over 9,000 patients
  • Enabled co-location of GP services and a pharmacy
  • Delivered improved access to enhanced medical services
  • 23 dedicated on-site parking spaces
  • Provides state of the art consulting and treatment rooms
  • Increased GP training facilities
  • Shortlisted for National Health Investor Awards 2016

The Marlborough street surgery has been providing general medical services to the population of Devonport for many years and like a number GP practices across UK, their premises had gradually become outdated, undersized and no longer fit for purpose.

Recognising the situation had become unsustainable, the partners at Marlborough street surgery began exploring new premises options that would enable them to continue providing services in the heart of community, whilst accommodating new services, patients and staff. Having initially secured the preferred site themselves in 2013, the practice appointed GPI as their preferred development partner to take the project forward from concept to realisation of the new premises.

GPI provided all the capital funding and development expertise required to deliver the new medical facility, including the evaluation of design layouts, planning submissions, commissioning of reports for planning applications, construction costs and all the related professional/consultant fees.

The new, state-of-the-art facility is situated adjacent to the Cumberland Centre on Damerel Close and provides 853m2 of accommodation for 9,000 patients, including 8 consulting rooms, 2 treatment rooms, 23 designated parking spaces and an on-site pharmacy operated by local pharmacy group Poolearth Limited. The project has won much praise from the local community, other health providers in Plymouth and patients are now able to access a range of additional services, all under one roof. Not only is the development an example of innovation in service delivery, it also evidences GPI’s commitment to building sustainable, environmentally responsible premises.

The scheme has been designed to satisfy BREEAM criteria, the foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. The premises is one of the first non-hospital projects to be delivered in Plymouth for many years, a significant achievement, which reflects GPI’s commitment to developing premises that are both sustainable and cost effective for the Practices who occupy them.

The project was managed by GPI’s Regional Director Roger Serginson, commenting as follows:

“Prior to our involvement the practice had invested significant time and energy in securing the site and evolving potential mixed use schemes for the location. Having been appointed and trusted by the GP partners to take forward their plans it has been particularly satisfying to successfully deliver the new premises and witness the transformation in the working environment and patient experience.

The practice can now provide the level and range of health care services they have long wished to provide for patients but were prevented from delivering from the previous outdated buildings.”


Roger Serginson,
Regional Director

T: 020 7881 9700

Email: roger.serginson@gpgroup.co.uk