Prime (UK) Developments Ltd, Development Director Julian Kavanagh explained:
Located in the heart of the West Midlands, the Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care is not only an example of the best in flexible, modern healthcare facilities but it has also acted as a catalyst for regeneration and investment.
When built it was one of the largest primary care centres in Britain, the £12 million, five storey building serves more than 16,000 patients, bringing together four GP practices, 12 NHS departments and space for a host of services, including audiology, dentistry and community nursing.
Prime (UK) Developments Ltd oversaw the development of this innovative building, which stands on a previous brownfield site and was home to a former eight-storey concrete framed apartment block with underground car park and was contaminated with Japanese knotweed. Careful planning of the construction site ensured that the demolition process kept 95% of the material onsite to build up the correct ground levels, and avoided the cost and environmental impact of dumping the rubble in landfill. By not shying away from the challenging site, Prime was able to breathe new life into an area which now forms a key part of the town’s housing regeneration.
Designed following a process of careful consultation with patients and staff, the centre is an amalgamation of the skill, hard work and commitment of a number of public and private sector organisations, including the Right Care Right Here programme. The landmark building not only serves as a gateway to West Bromwich but shows how a financially small project can trigger major changes, attacking the determinants of ill-health and kick-starting a £350 million regeneration scheme for the wider area.