New health centre on track to open by autumn 2014

NOT LONG NOW: Councillors, developers and contractors on the site of the health centre, which should be completed in the next 12 months.

NOT LONG NOW: Councillors, developers and contractors on the site of the health centre, which should be completed in the next 12 months.

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The building of Sudbury’s long-anticipated new health centre is running on schedule and should be completed within a year.

The steel frame of the £10million centre in Church Field Road is now in place, with the majority of the ground and first-floor sections finished.

Workmen are laying out the 160-space car park and the roof of the building is due to be installed soon.

Tony Wortley, site manager for construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships, said the project was going to plan.

“Everything is progressing well,” he said. “Once we get the roof on, we can start the internal works.

“It is my hope the building will be 60 per cent water proof by Christmas.”

Once complete, the centre will bring all the town’s health services under one roof.

Before the current scheme was granted planning permission in 2011, proposals for a health centre had been in the pipeline for more than three decades.

Peter Clifford, chairman of Watch – Working and Acting Together for Community Health – said his initial impressions were positive.

“We are at the stage where you can really start to get a feel for it and it is going to be a huge building,” he said. “It is going to be fantastic when it is finished.”

Mr Clifford added that he was pleased the build was taking into account the views of the community, with tree screening being provided to hide the centre from nearby homes, and bug boxes for wildlife introduced on its roof.

Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne said he had watched the structure’s progress closely since a sod-cutting ceremony in May signalled the start of construction.

“The build is on schedule and I think what is being done is brilliant,” he said.

Simon Gould, development manger at the Assura Group, which was selected as the site’s developer, said he was delighted the work was on track.

“We can destroy the myths and rumours of the last 30 years, as the building is taking shape,” he said.

The centre is due to be completed by the autumn of 2014.