Developed on behalf of GB Partnerships, and in partnership with Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, Edenbridge Medical Practice, and Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, the EMHC includes community areas and rooms, ‘putting health services at the heart of the community, and bringing together a wide range of health services to make healthcare more accessible to all’. Designed by LSI Architects, it is a part two-storey building, with public services on the ground floor, and staff amenities on the first. Facilities incorporated within some 2000 m2 of clinical and community space include a GP practice, outpatient services, a minor injury unit, X-ray services, phlebotomy, therapies, and social prescribing, along with vehicle parking and landscaping.
In addition to incorporating a memorial garden area for conservation, and an emphasis on health, wellbeing, and lifestyle services, the new centre has been designed to be sustainable, and ‘in keeping with the local environment’. The project also includes a Section 278 agreement for a new entrance and associated bus stop reconfiguration.
Gavin Bridge, MD for Galliford Try Building Southern, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the vision of the Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre to fruition, and to have successfully delivered the high-quality facilities that the local community deserves.”