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The Ashton Centre opened in November 2008, accommodating two General Practices and a range of other health and community services including a GP-led Walk-in Centre, dental service, pharmacist and external mobile diagnostic infrastructure. The project is the first in a series of developments planned for the Bury and Tameside & Glossop Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). The ‘LIFTCo’ that has been formed enters MSIL, through its subsiduary Community Solutions for Primary Care (CSPC), into a 25-year agreement with Tameside & Glossop PCT to manage parts of the facility.
Ashton Centre is intended to provide a focal point for the community and serve as a catalyst for the regeneration of the St. Petersfield area of Ashton-under-Lyne. The project team have been committed to community involvement throughout the project, and continued this engagement during construction. An Advanced Resource Centre (ARC) was established on site before construction commenced to provide a safe, on site, facility that enabled the local community to see construction progress, understand planned future developments, view furniture and finishes for the buildings, participate in art competitions, meet the project team and ask questions about the centre. The ARC was also available for skills training, health education, personal and site safety education, community engagement and meetings. For example, a number of local schools visited the sites and held lessons in the ARC, and user group meetings were held with the Local Authority Regeneration Teams and local residents groups.
Various sustainable technologies have been used to reduce the building’s environmental impact. These include solar thermal panels and combined heat/power units, which will generate combined carbon savings in excess of 100 tons over the 25 year lease period, and a recycled rainwater facility, which will significantly reduce the building’s usage of mains water. The carbon footprint of the building, the occupants and how they access the building was a major consideration and the adopted form, shape and cross-section of the building was developed to improve the potential for access to natural light and ventilation.
Ashton Centre is one of CSPC’s largest schemes and was the first to introduce targets to its construction supply chain in relation to local economic benefits. The building’s affordability and value for money has been enhanced through the development of multi-purpose rooms and the revenue provided from a private sector tenant (a third party tenant lease has been entered into with the pharmacy). There is provision for further leases with providers of clinical and diagnostic services. MSIL are committed to the employment and training of local people. To date, the contractor, Morgan Sindall's construction business, have employed 91% of the workforce from across the local community and Greater Manchester (exceeding contractual targets by 26%), 8 new apprenticeships have been established and links have been formed with the local construction college providing work experience and ultimately job opportunities for some of the students. In total, it is estimated that £5.5m was fed back into the local economy through a combination of sustainable employment and material purchase over the construction period.
"The services they will offer represent a radical new approach in the provision of health care for local people."Tricia Sloan
Acting chief executive, Tameside and Glossop PCT