Work begins on Blaenavon medical centre

North Torfaen Primary Care Resource Centre integral part of the £18m Integrated Community Campus scheme

Work has started on the North Torfaen Primary Care Resource Centre

Assura Group has started on site at its latest Welsh scheme, the 22,600sq ft North Torfaen Primary Care Resource Centre in Blaenavon.

The £4.5m project will include a GP surgery, pharmacy, optometrists, dental surgery and space for patient groups.

The development, which is being built by Markey Construction, will be the new location for the nearby Carregwen Surgery and services will cover a range of therapies and long-term conditions management.

The centre is part of the wider £18m Integrated Community Campus scheme, which includes a 130-place nursery and 450-place primary school as well as leisure facilities. The campus will also function as a hub for the delivery of other community services, including a presence from the local authority and police force. It is delivered in partnership with Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Torfaen County Borough Council.

Andrew Darke, managing director of property at Assura Group, said: “The integrated community campus is an innovative development that will improve the quality of numerous services delivered to Blaenavon, and the primary care resource centre is an essential part of the scheme. This latest project demonstrates our commitment to providing integrated services to the local community.”

The project is the latest addition to Assura Group’s expanding Welsh portfolio, including developments in Harlech, Gelligaer, Y Felinheli and Milford Haven.

David Jenkins OBE, chairman of Aneurin Bevan Health Board, said: “We are delighted that work is underway on this exciting development. When the centre opens in September 2014 local people will be able access a range of health and community services in one location for the first time.”

Dr Wayne Lewis, a GP at Carregwen Surgery, added: “We are excited to be moving to modern premises that will allow us to deliver first-class primary care to the people of Blaenavon.”

The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2014.