Work is continuing to advance on Truro’s flagship £20m Health Park Development which commenced construction in April last year.
The project is now 12 months on and is half way through the construction programme. To mark the occasion, local GPs, NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly staff and representatives from Cornwall Council will be taking a tour around the centre at the end of April to see how it has developed and view the next stages of the construction programme which will be the new home to both of the GP practices on Lemon Street and the PCT services located in the Leats.
Truro Health Park development, located on part of the former City Hospital site, is due to open in Summer 2010 and will bring together a number of community based health services in one location in a new modern state-of-the-art facility.
The proposed services to be delivered from the Health Park include GP practices, minor procedures, podiatry, pharmacy, health promotion, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and dental services.
Dedicated car parking provision will also be provided and the facility will include access for those using public transport.
Ann James at NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, said: “We are delighted that the project is continuing to progress. This will be an important facility for the people of Cornwall and it will be fantastic to have such a wide range of top class services under one roof.
“The tour today will help us all envisage the finished project, and I am delighted that so many people are able to join us.”
Rodger Allin, General Manager of Community 1st Cornwall, said “The flagship development is really starting to take shape. It’s very exciting to know that this time next year this facility will be nearing completion and will be open to the public in the Summer, delivering high quality services from such a high quality building.”
When open later next year, the new Health Park will also be home to a number of high quality art installations. The concepts for these pieces of public art have been developed through a series of workshops and events involving the local community and staff over the last couple of years to gain their views on how the arts can help to create a welcoming and therapeutic environment. This has been led by Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly on behalf of Community 1st Cornwall, the local LIFT company and NHS infrastructure development partner delivering the new facility on behalf of NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly.
The building work is being undertaken by locally based contractor Carillion Building.