£5m ‘super surgery’ to be built in Gloucestershire


Speller Metcalfe contracted to construct new medical centre in Cinderford

Building contractor, Speller Metcalfe, has been contracted by healthcare developer, Assura, to build a new medical centre in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.

The new facility will be built on disused industrial land in Valley Road as a much-needed replacement for the town’s cramped and outdated health centre.

The existing Dockham Road building currently houses Dockham Road Surgery and Forest Health Care, both of which will move to the new site.

The new, two-storey, 1,477sq m surgery has been designed by Midlands-based architects Bundred and Goode and will feature an airy central atrium with two reception areas and separate wings on either side to house each GP practice.

Additional consulting rooms and nurse treatment areas will allow the practices to offer a broader range of services to help meet the increasing healthcare needs of the 14,000 patients that are expected to use the centre. A 98-space car park will also be created on site.

Leading the way, the centre is set to be one of the first dementia-friendly surgeries in the country with accessible signage and a layout specifically designed to take into account the needs of people with the condition.

It will also be built to the highest of sustainability standards, with the entire south-facing roof covered in photovoltaic solar panels.

Andy Metcalfe, joint managing director at Speller Metcalfe, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to build this new community facility and are excited to see such an important and anticipated project progress over the coming months.

“We bring to the scheme a wealth of experience in delivering first-class healthcare facilities and look forward to working once again with Assura to develop a modern, fit-for-purpose medical centre for the people of Cinderford."

Jonathan Webb, senior development manager at Assura, added: “Alongside the dementia-friendly aspect there are a number of innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable design initiatives that we have specified for the building.

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“We can’t wait to see the building complete and finally open for patients after many years of hard work and planning by the project team, GPs and CCG.”