AHR is the architect. Credit: planning documents

Sheffield ramps up trio of health hubs

Detailed plans for a facility at Parsons Cross have been lodged, as the city looks to improve its primary care estate.

Planner nineteen47 and architect AHR are advising on the 54,000 sq ft project, which once built will be occupied by NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

SCC’s professional team also includes landscape architect Oobe, Eastwoods, TPS, Anderson Green, ADT, Design Fire Services and EcoNorth.

This is one of three hubs currently being advanced by the city. Existing GP practices in old buildings are already struggling with backlogs and with ambitions to grow its population, Sheffield is looking to provide improved health facilities.

In August 2022, the ICB launched a public consultation on proposals to consolidate nine existing GP practices across the city into new health centres.

The sector as a whole is looking to take GPs out of smaller sites into larger locations where “wraparound” services can be provided – in a recent review, just 19 of the 105 practices across Sheffield were found to weigh in at the size required.

The consultation focused on four new sites, positioned to address the needs of two primary care networks, SAPA and Foundry, which cover some of the most deprived areas of Sheffield in terms of primary care provision.

This scheme, SAPA Hub 2, is being taken forward, along with the two Foundry hubs, at Spital Street and Rushby Street. SAPA Hub 1, at the Concord sports centre site, is not being advanced at this stage.

The same professional team is working across the schemes.

SAPA 2 is being lined up to co-locate three GP practices – all within a half-mile of the site – and is located at the junction of Buchanan Road and Wordsworth Avenue, where a health centre was consented in 2008 but not built out.

The three-storey centre will be accompanied by 66 parking spaces and a drop-off area. The intention is for the building to be net zero in operation.

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