Mannock Medical Centre, Wellingborough

When looking to expand its range of services, the Wellingborough Medical Group knew that it would need to look for new premises. Its current Gold Street site had reached capacity, limiting any expansion in patient numbers and preventing the Group’s ability to offer an increased range of health services. The Group, which originally comprised three GP practices, decided to relocate to a major new purpose built primary care facility which was to be developed for them on part of the Isebrook Hospital site at Irthlingborough Road in Wellingborough.

The new Mannock Medical Centre opened its doors in late November 2011. Developed and owned by Assura Healthcare, it provides accommodation for two GP practices, a new state of the art pharmacy and a self-contained dentistry at second floor level.

Philip Weston was appointed by the Group in 2008 to advise on the developer’s proposals and represent the Group’s interests. The project became more complex than originally anticipated when one of the smaller practices merged with the larger practice. This required a review of the space requirement and a reallocation of various for different uses.

A disastrous fire at the original Gold Street premises meant a relocation to temporary premises elsewhere in Wellingborough. This had a significant effect on the proposals as much of the equipment required for the new facility was intended to be purchased and installed once the building was complete. The fire meant that much of the equipment had to be purchased before completion of the new building, making the relocation process more complicated.

The construction works were also complex as the site was part of an established hospital campus. There was a constant need for the developer to liaise not only with the NHS facilities team but other established users of the site. A new extended car parking facility was provided and a major public sewer needed to be diverted as part of the project.

Philip Weston provided the following services:

  • An initial design audit to ensure the developer’s proposals complied with the relevant NHS requirements and met the practices’ occupational needs. On an ongoing basis, Philip also reviewed the detailed design proposals including the design development, room data sheets, room design details and mechanical and electrical provisions. The developer’s final and detailed proposals were reviewed in conjunction with the practice and centre managers and then incorporated as part of the development package signed by the practices.
  • Liaison with the practices’ lawyer over the development agreements, leases and warranties.
  • On the appointment of the developer’s contractor, Philip reviewed the proposed methods of construction and the construction programme. Throughout the building contract any changes were reviewed and assessed and the practices advised of the consequences.
  • Attendance at all site meetings to represent the practices’ interests, to ensure compliance with the construction specification technical details and to keep abreast of any issues or delays.
  • Liaison with the developer over the requirements of BREEAM and the rating of the premises for energy efficiency, insulation and performance. Advice was given regarding sustainability provision such as installation of photovoltaic cells.
  • Liaison with the doctors, the premises manager and developer regarding specific requirements for locating equipment and furniture and other issues such as staff training.
  • Weekly inspections prior to completion and liaison with the developer on the completion standards and any outstanding items. Snagging lists were agreed and making good works implemented.
  • A final review of the building prior to completion to confirm that the developer had met all requirements and to confirm that practical completion could be achieved.
  • Ongoing liaison with the practices as part of their occupation of the building.
  • A further inspection will take place with the developer and the contractor following completion of the defects liability period. Any defects will be identified and an agreed schedule of works implemented to remedy them.