Work has started on a £5.8m project to build a new GP surgery in Bradford, set to become the largest facility of its kind in the city.
The new Ridge Medical Practice (3D mock-up pictured) will replace an existing nearby surgery, which is now too small to meet demand, and will offer some of the latest medical services in the UK.
Located within the Great Horton Conservation Area, the new medical centre will occupy an historically important site adjacent to a late Victorian Grade II listed villa building, which will be fully restored as part of the project and transformed into a community facility.
Two mid-17th century listed cottages on the site will also be renovated, all under the supervision of English Heritage, with the scheme expected to act as a catalyst for further regeneration efforts within the area.
The new practice will have a striking kidney-shaped profile, with curving walls a consistent theme throughout. The three-storey, steel frame building will feature curtain walling, masonry elevations and cedar cladding to its façade.
Facilities include a range of consulting and treatment rooms, minor surgery suites, and a large pharmacy. The building also boasts an 80-seat flexible lecture theatre, library and study areas and office facilities for the PCT.
To minimise life costs for the building and reduce its overall environmental impact, the new practice features a range of sustainable technology. The building uses a natural ventilation system, underfloor heating and roof-mounted solar collectors to generate hot water.
Nick Nurden, Practice Manager, said: "We're building the new practice to help us meet the growing needs of local people. Yes, it'll be a big building with some impressive facilities, but the personal touch is vital to us and our patients. We're proud that this time next year, our patients will be served by one of the best GP surgeries in the whole country."
The project is scheduled for completion by summer 2009.