The Rogers Stirk Harbour designed scheme for a major new health centre and 179 flats had been threatened with an inquiry, but has now been given government approval. LB Hammersmith & Fulham had already given their approval to the scheme.
The site will include a state-of-the-art health and social care centre with up to twelve GP rooms, three dental surgeries, two chiropody suites, a day surgery, and district nurse and health visitor rooms. The centre will also provide adult social services, radiology, speech and language services.
A small supermarket, pharmacy and IT café are also planned and Building Better Health will contribute more than £1 million for a revamp of Wormholt Park and for transport improvements.
Jeff Zitron, Chairman of NHS Hammersmith and Fulham, welcomed the decision. He said: “White City residents have been waiting a long time for their new Centre so it’s great news that we can now move ahead. A modern centre will provide more and better services for all local people, and make it easier to tackle health and care needs within the community.”
Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh. “I am delighted that the Government has used common sense and agreed that these exciting plans can now proceed.”
NHSH&F Managing Director, Sarah Whiting, said: “The new centre can’t come a moment too soon, but inevitably building from scratch takes time. So, the PCT and the council want to use the opportunity to try new services and work with residents and professionals to ensure we have got it right by the time the new building opens. This is a real chance for the community to shape the new centre.”
Building work is expected to start later this year with the centre opening its doors in 2012. In the meantime, new services are being introduced into White City in temporary premises on the Canberra School site.