A new £6m health and wellbeing centre that will bring adult and children’s services together under one roof has opened its doors to patients in Hertfordshire.

Blu Building Consultants Ltd, project managers and construction consultants were part of the team, converting the former council building at Marlowes in Hemel Hempstead into a modern, state-of-the-art medical building for both children and adults with physical and mental health needs.

The development, built by Borras Construction, is a joint venture between Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

Tom Cahill, HPFT’s chief executive, said: “Mental and physical health are very closely linked. This joint project is part of our wider vision to continue to innovate, offering treatment and facilities of the very highest quality.

Originally deemed too expensive through the NHS procurement route under the P21 framework, the facility was adapted from two derelict 1980s office blocks. A series of cost-effective solutions kept the project to a tight budget, including the installation of new cooling and ventilation systems, resulting in a more-efficient and environmentally-friendly building.

Services in the new building include diabetes retinal screening, cardiology, bladder and bowel care, as well as the children’s medical team, dentistry and speech, and language therapy. Adult and children’s mental health services will also be available.

Clare Hawkins, acting chief executive at HCT, added: “The refurbishment has transformed the building and equipped it with up-to-date-facilities which are greatly appreciated by everyone who uses this centre.

“The design is bright and light, with large windows in most of the clinic rooms. Overall this creates a very therapeutic and pleasant environment.”

Original BBH article is here buildingbetterhealthcare.co.uk/news/article_page/6m_health_centre_opens_its_doors_to_patients/144972

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