Artist's impression of proposed Wishaw Health Centre
This is what Kenilworth Avenue could look like in 2015 – with a new £29million health centre nestled into the site of Wishaw Library.
The health board’s vision for the town centre was revealed this week in the first glimpse of their design for the 7800sqm facility.
It is set to replace the existing health centre and the new building will also house a new library, housing department and council First Stop Shop.
NHS Lanarkshire’s head of management services Graham Johnston said: “The proposals will create a first class centre for the people of Wishaw. The plans take into account the feedback we received when we held public engagement events about the centre in October. Overall the comments from the event were very positive and we collected around 170 completed questionnaires which have informed the final design of the centre.”
The application will be submitted to North Lanarkshire Council before Christmas.
Health chiefs say extensive work has taken place with staff, patients and partner organisations to ensure the building is of the right size and specification to deliver high-quality community services.
In addition, plans have been developed to provide sufficient car parking to support the new facility by using the site of the existing health centre after the new building is completed.
David Summers, public and patient representative who is part of the Wishaw Centre programme board, added: “This is progressing very well and we’re receiving some positive feedback from the local community.
“North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire have really taken the views of patients and the public into consideration and I am sure this will be of great benefit when the centre is complete.”
NHS Lanarkshire hopes to complete the new health centre by late 2015.