This development is situated on a major strategic gateway to Liverpool city centre and a design competition was undertaken to respond to the demands of delivering a cost effective design on such an important site. Financial Close on this scheme was achieved on 30th November 2011 and work has commenced on site. It opened to the public in 2013. The facility replaces existing porta cabins and poor quality accommodation whilst providing additional capacity to deliver a wider range of services.
Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre is one of 14 health centres constructed as part of the Liverpool and Sefton NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust), a major initiative from the Government to modernise primary healthcare.
The development is on an extremely prominent site, centrally located within a large urban residential area, mainly of traditional Victorian terraces. The project forms a prominent gateway to the City of Liverpool as it is on a key site within the regeneration corridor of the Edge Lane arterial route.
The central area of the building links both wings via a reception waiting area leading into bookable support facilities and dental surgeries on the ground floor and GP facilities on the first floor.
The development provides enhanced services and longer opening hours for two GP practices, a dental practice, and other primary care facilities, such as physiotherapy, chiropody, minor surgery and a range of health and wellbeing workshops and sessions aimed at the local community.
The building is designed with the recognition that the needs of its users may change in the future. To achieve this, the internal walls are independent of the structural frame to allow any future modifications to be carried out more efficiently.
The project has been shortlisted for “Project of the Year” and “Integration and Collaborative Working” in the 2014 North West Regional Construction Awards, as well as being shortlisted in the “Regeneration” and “Community Benefit” categories of the 2014 North West RICS Awards.