Medical centre is just what doctors ordered
A state-of-the-art new £7million medical centre in Worcestershire has opened its doors to its first patients following a 10-year campaign to deliver improved facilities for local people.
The impressive new facility at Dog Lane, Bewdley, includes a pharmacy, 25 consulting and treatment rooms, meeting spaces, administration offices, and the latest medical technology which will allow doctors to carry out minor operations.
The 25,000 sq ft, three-storey building, will be a community hub housing the town’s relocated library and a public café – with additional space set aside for future expansion.
Leading law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson advised specialist healthcare property developer Matrix Medical throughout the planning and construction process.
The Birmingham-based lawyers advised on a land swap deal that made the development possible. The GPs’ existing clinic together with adjacent land owned by NHS Property Services was acquired by Wyre Forest District Council to create a new car park for the town.
Emms Gilmore Liberson property lawyer, associate Beth Margetson, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a wonderful project reach completion and begin delivering excellent care to hundreds of patients. Our role was to oversee land swap arrangements involving two separate parcels of land to make the development possible.
“The two pieces of land were acquired and then sold to the council for parking facilities. We had to work closely with the Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council, the GPs and NHS Property Services and make sure the timing worked for the local community and the development.”
The new medical centre has had overwhelming public support since plans for the Dog Lane site were first tabled in December 2012.
Construction was set underway last year by Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier and district councilor John Campion. It marked the culmination of 10 years’ hard work by local stakeholders to secure a new medical centre development in the town.
Dr Matt Davis, who led the project for Wyre Forest Health Partnership alongside development partner Matrix Medical, said the people of Bewdley now have a “world-class” medical facility.
Dr Davis said: “It is wonderful to finally get the keys to the new medical centre which we are confident will deliver 21st century facilities for Bewdley and exactly what local people want – a modern medical facility in the heart of the town.
“The new townhouse-style building is far more welcoming for patients. At more than double the size of the old, outdated surgery, it is spacious and will enable us to deliver new services and take on more patients as the local population grows. “
Matrix Medical development director Jon Webb said: “Delivery of this long-awaited scheme has been a real team effort and has only been possible thanks to the ongoing support of the GPs and NHS Property Services, alongside the persistence of Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council and numerous local supporters.”
The surgery in Load Street will now be demolished by Wyre Forest District Council and replaced with a new 49-space car park.
Matrix Medical is an innovative and forward-thinking developer specialising in healthcare premises. Established in 1999, the company has delivered over 40 bespoke medical centres for GPs and NHS bodies and other healthcare providers across England and Wales, all of which are managed in-house.
Emms Gilmore Liberson, based at Lancaster House, Newhall Street, Birmingham, was established in 2011. The three founder directors – Greg Emms, Stephen Gilmore and Martyn Liberson – joined forces to create a practice based on giving highly experienced professional advice to established and new clients. Real estate specialist Mark Dakeyne then joined the company two years ago and leads the growing commercial property team.
Work on Bewdley Medical Centre was completed by Benniman Construction Group. Image courtesy: Benniman