Work has begun on a new £12 million Primary Care Centre in Barrow. The facility will be situated on the site of the former Alfred Barrow School and a site visit today by local people and partners involved in the project marked the beginning of building work.
Completion is planned for 2019 when the Centre will house GP surgeries and community health services and preserve the oldest part of the Victorian Alfred Barrow School building. There will be easy access to the building which will have ample parking.
The Centre will bring together the primary and community health services, provided by three GP Practices (Abbey Road Surgery / Atkinson Health Centre / Risedale Surgery), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and will also house facilities for the North West Ambulance Service and BAE Systems. The new facility is a 5,000 sqm site and is being developed by eLift Cumbria.
eLift Development Director Tristan Firth said: “As the Developer we know how important this new health centre is to the people of Barrow so we are delighted to be able to make a start on construction of such a high quality scheme and to give the old school building such a worthwhile new lease of life.”
NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group Vice Chair and Barrow GP Dr Geoff Jolliffe said: “We are inviting a small group of interested parties, including the Barrow Historical Society and the Friends of Alfred Barrow, to view the site as work gets underway.
“I’m thrilled that we’re all set for the latest stage of this exciting new health service project which has been many years in the making and will be a huge boost for the people of Barrow.
“Many organisations have been working hard to get to where we are today.
“I look forward to watching the building progress and welcoming patients and the public to a fabulous new facility next year”.