Morgan Sindall starts work on £8m health centre in Market Harborough

Leicestershire centre will bring GP and community services under one roof

Morgan Sindall has begun work on new health facilities at the St Luke’s site in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

The company was appointed to build the £8m health facility by NHS Property Services via the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework.

St Luke’s will be a modern and technically-advanced health facility set in a landscaped 1.78 hectares site located in a prominent position in Market Harborough.

On completion, a wide range of healthcare services are to be provided that currently operate across a number of NHS sites in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The facilities will provide a mixture of outpatient services including GP services, outpatient clinics and diagnostics, an X-ray department, mental health services and physiotherapy and occupational therapy services. There will also be some non-clinical, administrative services based on the site.

Richard Fielding, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “It is a great privilege to be able to deliver this landmark development through empa on behalf of the NHS.

“We have previously delivered a large number of healthcare developments in a range of sizes and in very different locations and we look forward to bringing our experience to bear on this project.”

Dr Richard Palin, a local GP and chairman of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that the people of Market Harborough have been waiting for this new facility to be built and I am delighted to be here on site at St Luke’s today to see the work starting. We are looking forward to seeing this new, state-of-the-art health facility come to fruition where local people will be able to access a wide range of high-quality health services in a safe, fit-for purpose environment.”

Alan Coole, head of empa, added: “Improving facilities for local communities is at the heart of what we do at empa. This NHS construction project is one we are delighted to see start on site; not only will this scheme save the taxpayer money but it will have a real and lasting impact to the people of Leicestershire too.”

And Martin Royal, regional director at NHS Property Services, said: ‘This is an important milestone for the project and for the local community. A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into making the hospital a reality and we look forward to working with Morgan Sindall and the health commissioners to deliver a first-class, modern health facility for Market Harborough and the surrounding district.’

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