The final batch of concrete was poured today in a £30million development which heralds a brighter, healthier future for people in the north of Hammersmith & Fulham.
The White City Collaborative Care Centre in Bloemfontein Road will become a vital new hub, with GPs and community health teams working alongside social services to offer connected local care when it opens in 2014.
And in a major boost for local housing prospects, all 170 new homes being built above the centre will now be affordable, offering more local people the opportunity to buy a home for the first time through shared ownership or discount market sale.
urther benefits will include 24 flats that are accessible to wheelchair users, a new supermarket and pharmacy, and a grand new entrance through the building to Wormholt Park, which will itself be regenerated and equipped with new sports facilities.
Community leaders, GPs, councillors and stakeholders gathered on Thursday afternoon (Feb 28) for a topping out ceremony marking the end of major construction for the scheme, which is being delivered through a joint venture between Building Better Health West London and NHS Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Clinical Commissioning Group, Notting Hill housing Group in partnership with Galliford Try Partnerships and H&F Council.
Dr Tim Spicer, chair of H&F clinical commissioning group, said: "The white city collaborative care centre is the fruit of collaboration between local organisations and local people and has been designed to deliver a wide range of health and social care services."
Services to be provided include GP practices, community health - such as the diabetes, child development and community dental services. There will also be a focus on helping local people stay healthy.
Dr Spicer added: "We want local people to be able to walk in off the street and see a health and social care professional at the same time. It is a model of care that is integral to our out of hospital strategy and this building provides the blueprint for how we want services to be developed across the borough.”
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council leader, added: “The construction of this new building represents a significant step towards our shared vision of a brighter future for people in the north of our borough.
“The collaborative care centre will address the health and wellbeing needs of the local population, making sure the best facilities and the most appropriate levels of care are available in one place, for this and future generations.
“Raising the proportion of affordable housing from 40% to 100% - the result of discussions between the council and Notting Hill Housing Group Trust - is unprecedented, and represents our commitment to enabling more local people to buy a home.
“Finally, the new entrance to Wormholt Park will reunite local people with an important public space that has for many years been out of view to those living on the White City estate.”