Building work nearing completion at Avalon House
Press Release: 18/12/2014
Work on Avalon House in Winchester is nearing completion. The building will be handed over by Winchester City Council to the NHS early in the New Year.
Cllr Steve Miller, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Services, said:
The Council has been working with local health trusts over a number of years to try to improve the provision of health services in the city and was pleased when last year Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust agreed to take a lease on Avalon House.
The Council has worked closely with the Trust to design a facility which will improve conditions for patients and health staff. Services are currently provided from a number of locations in and around the city.
The premises are being refurbished to a high standard with considerable effort being put into making the building energy-efficient through the use of insulation, LED lighting throughout and air-source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling. The letting will secure the long-term use of the building and the rent will contribute to keeping down the council tax while improving services for residents.”
The building is being converted for letting to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who will be using it as a hub for a range of community health services.
The services are being brought together under one roof for the first time in Winchester, giving patients a new, attractive and centrally-located environment in which to receive care.
Services are currently based in various locations across and around the city, including the old Friarsgate Medical Centre and St Waleric in Park Road.
The Trust also hopes that bringing services together will lead to more joined-up working between different healthcare teams, and make things more straightforward for people who have a number of health needs.
It is anticipated that the new centre, which will continue to be called Avalon House, will open in early February 2015.