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Nightingale Primary Care Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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Project: 9 GP Practice / Pharmacy / Primary Care Trust

Size: 2,200 sq m

Commenced on-site: August 2005

Completed: January 2007

GPI Project Director: William Sheardown, Director South East

Architectural Design: ADM

Construction: Farnrise Construction Ltd

Employer’s Agent and Planning Supervisor: Chawton Hill Associates Ltd

The Primary Care Centre houses the Practice and several PCT led services, such as audiology, paediatrics and office accommodation, plus a pharmacy.

Overall future flexibility was attained through adopting an innovative concrete frame design (minimising internal structural walls) and incorporating two central circulations.

The new building has enabled the Practice and PCT to provide the level and range of services they aspire to give their patients and achieved the vision of creating a health campus.

The design team maximised site potential to meet individual user needs so that they interacted from the outset and provided flexibility for the future.

The design incorporates a flexible pharmacy unit which can be accessed from either the Practice or independently.

“Our new surgery building is the most important tool for improving healthcare in the community we have had in the last 25 years. Our new building has improved patient care, good health promotion, staff well being and productivity. GPI made our vision a reality.”

Dr Philip Dawson
The Nightingale Practice

The Nightingale Primary Care Centre, Haywards Heath

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In 2003 GPI and the now West Sussex PCT started working together with the Dolphins Practice, then sharing an outdated practice in the town centre.

The project vision was to create a Health Campus on this PCT owned site, at Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath, with a new primary care centre, including the Kleinwort intermediate care centre and a care home. The primary care centre would house the Practice and several PCT led services, such as audiology, paediatrics and office accommodation, plus a pharmacy.

GPI and their locally experienced professional team worked closely with all parties including the local Planning Authority maximising site potential to meet individual user needs so that they interacted from the outset and provided flexibility for the future whilst ensuring safe access to on-site parking for new and existing site users.

The detailed design and close consultation process achieved planning consent for a new 2,100 sq m building, providing GP Practice accommodation on the Ground and 1st Floors, PCT accommodation on 2nd and 3rd floors with dedicated access, a flexible pharmacy unit, accessed from either the Practice or independently and 70 dedicated parking spaces on site. Overall future flexibility was attained through adopting an innovative concrete frame design (minimising internal structural walls) and incorporating two central circulations.

GPI worked closely with the PCT, Practice and pharmacy to finalise all legal documentation, including site acquisition from the PCT, together with the District Valuer to ensure ‘Value for Money’

GPI’s project manager acting as the primary point of contact coordinated not only the building contractor and clients but also existing site users to ensure their access and needs were met throughout. The demolition of the existing redundant building on site and construction of the new primary care centre was completed on time and within budget allowing the Practice and PCT to move, in January 2007, into their new building. This has enabled the Practice and PCT to provide the level and range of services they aspire to give their patients and achieved the vision of creating a health campus. We at GPI continue to work in partnership with them, through our dedicated facilities management team making sure the building continues to provide the high standards which they have come to enjoy.

Enquiries

William Sheardown,
Regional Director

T: 020 7881 9700

Email: william.sheardown@gpgroup.co.uk