West Kirby Health and Wellbeing Centre reaches completion

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 26-May-2023

Three-storey integrated care centre delivered in just 12 months

Eric Wright Construction has delivered a multi-million pound health and wellbeing facility for the community of West Kirby in Wirral, just 12 months after work started on site.

Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre has been delivered in partnership by Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (WCHC), Marine Lake and Estuary Medical Practice, and Age UK Wirral. 

It brings primary and community care services together in one place, as well as providing access to other specialist health and care services.

The 2,037sq m centre spans three floors and is an important investment in community-based healthcare, bringing many benefits for patients, residents, and the wider community, including the relocation of Marine Lake Medical Practice and Estuary Medical Practice, which will allow for extended hours and increased capacity as well as access to specialist health and care services.

There is also a new community space led by Age UK Wirral, which includes a café. 

A key feature of the centre is the creation of a community wellbeing garden which features a range of plants and places for local people to grow their own vegetables, as well as a multiple-use space for relaxing or use as an outdoor classroom for local primary school pupils. 

Commenting on the project, Nick Galvin, project manager for Eric Wright Construction, said: “To have delivered this superb facility in little over 12 months is testament to the high level of collaboration and hard work across entire project team.

“It was quite a challenging site due to the confined space and proximity to residential properties, but we are really proud to see Marine Lake open and functioning so soon after starting work.”

Michael Brown, chairman of WCHC, added: “It is fantastic to see Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre now open.

“This represents a fundamental investment in local health and care and will transform how people receive care closer to home.

“It marks a new chapter for the people of West Kirby and will significantly improve the way in which services are delivered.”

The project team also included Gilling Dod (architects); Bradshaw, Gass & Hope Structural Engineers; West Lancashire Group, Hoare Lea Fire Engineers, and Ball & Berry Building Control.

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