DESIGNS for the UK’s largest GP surgery have been given the go ahead by city planners.

CPMG Architects’ design proposals will see the £9 million state-of-the-art healthcare facility replace the existing Cripps Health Centre in Nottingham which is almost 50 years old.

The new centre, built on behalf of the University of Nottingham, will be a modern healthcare facility for more than 40,000 patients and will also provide space to support national research projects.

Situated on the University Park Campus, the new centre will house 31 consultant rooms, a four-bed patient observation room a pharmacy, physiotherapy room, four rooms for primary care procedures, four rooms dedicated to mental health services, a seminar room and eight dental treatment rooms across 3,000m2. 50 staff will be based at the centre, and ten of those will be new roles.

Nick Gregory, director for CPMG said: “As the largest healthcare facility of its kind in the country, this will be a flagship centre for the university and one we’re proud to be involved in.

“Owing to the prime location on the campus, it was vital our designs complimented the landscape; natural materials will provide a timeless palette within the rich green surroundings.

“The GP and dental accommodation are located in separate wings, which pivot along the contours from a shared double-height central zone which hosts the entrance and reception functions. The space between the wings is used as a wellbeing garden.”

The patient-focused rooms take advantage of the vista across the campus and the clinical back of house facilities are located facing the grass banks towards the North.  The pharmacy is independent of the wings and occupies a prominent and accessible position towards the car park.

Nick added: “We have an expanding portfolio of higher education and health buildings and this centre allows us to combine the two – it will be a fantastic addition to the campus and to primary care service provision in the city of Nottingham.”

Professor Sir David Greenaway from the University of Nottingham said: “The health centre will deliver an exemplary facility in terms of design service provision and related research that will be unrivalled in the UK. It is unique in its potential to impact every single student at our university as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of many thousands more in the years to come.”

The building is aiming to achieve BREEAM excellent rating and is will include 14% renewables.

The construction team includes Arup, Gleeds and Faithful and Gould. A contractor is yet to be appointed.

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