NMA acts for GP practice in £2m new medical centre project

Peterborough Health Centre is currently in the process of relocating its busy practice from its current location in a town centre shopping centre to a new £2m purpose built facility. Neil Mason Associates was appointed to work with the Partners and Practice Manager to ensure the final scheme was fit for purpose and met the requirements of the Practice.

Tony Young, Associate Director and Head of Building Surveying, has been involved from the initial stages of the project. Acting as the client representative, he provided full professional advice and support throughout the planning process. He reviewed the developer’s initial plans, and then liaised with the developer and planners to make the necessary alterations to the plan. His role was to ensure the end users’ thoughts and requirements were incorporated into the plans, looking at all aspects of the development from the amount of treatment/consulting rooms right down to the routes to waste disposal. Although the developer must ensure that the scheme is compliant to current regulations, Tony has ensured that all aspects of the design have been considered and that the client’s interests are property represented.

Tony then reviewed all room data sheets. These are a comprehensive listing by room of everything needed ranging from specialised equipment, the number and location of all power and data sockets through to privacy curtains, general furniture and IT equipment. These were altered dependant on the proposed use of each room and the end occupier’s requirements.

NMA then provided a ‘value for money’ report to NHS England to reassure them that the property would be fit for purpose, legally compliant, would provide value for money and that all end user requirements had been incorporated into the design.

At the time of writing, the design has been approved and planning consent has been granted. The team awaits the go-ahead from NHS England prior to the contractors starting on site. Tony will continue as client representative / project manager during the construction phase and through to completion.