BUILDER Koru Property Services is to create 30 jobs after starting work on a facelift of a medical centre in the middle of Gateshead.
The Gateshead-based design and build firm has won a £2.3m contract to transform Gateshead NHS Health Centre, which currently houses Bridges, Millennium and Central Medical Groups.
It will be completely reconfiguring the current site on Prince Consort Road in works which are expected to last until spring 2013.
Mark Taylor, co-director for Koru Property Service, said: “We are delighted to once again play a fundamental role in the regeneration of Gateshead’s town centre.
“This healthcare contract follows the completion of Felling Health Centre in August 2011 for NHS South of Tyne and Wear. In line with the Trust’s expectations, we are confident that we will hand over the new facility on time and well within budget.”
Koru will be completely refurbishing the existing premises. An overhaul of existing heating and electric systems is hoped to dramatically improve the medical centre’s energy efficiency and a 400 square metre extension will provide eight extra GP consulting and nurse treatment suites, as well as a new onsite pharmacy.
Peter Todd is capital projects manager for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, working on behalf of Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT), says the scheme will make a big improvement.
He added: “The refurbished premises will provide the people of central Gateshead with a modern, spacious environment which will enable high quality services to be delivered now and into the future.
“This development, in conjunction with the new facility at Trinity Square in Gateshead town centre will provide a step change in terms of the quality and availability of health services in the area.”
Koru is the firm responsible for the construction of the sustainable Gateshead Citizens Advice Centre on Swan Street. Completed late last year and constructed using 52 shipping containers, it marked the start of the regeneration of Gateshead.
Tony Henderson, co-director, Koru Property Services, said: “The continuing redevelopment of Gateshead marks an optimistic future for the area, in terms of benefiting the local community as well as drawing people to the area.
“Koru Property Services has been involved in a number of regeneration focused projects in Gateshead and as a forward-thinking local company we take great pride in working towards making the area a great place to work, live and visit.”
Koru has also this year started work on a £1.75m contract to build a medical centre in North Tyneside. Developer MedicX Property has been working closely with the firm for two years on the plans to build Monkseaton Medical Centre.
It is investing £2.8m into the project to create the new home for the practice on Cauldwell Avenue.