New Coatbridge health centre takes shape

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: News stories |

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser | BJudith Tonner | 29 July 2009 

COATBRIDGE’S new multi-million-pound health and community centre is taking shape ahead of its planned opening next spring.

Workers from contractors Dawn Construction are currently preparing to remove the tower crane which has been a feature of the town centre skyline during the building of the new facility.

The £17 million centre will house Lanarkshire’s largest dental surgery, two GP practices, a community health department and council services such as a “one-stop shop”, registrar and even a library.

It has seen the town’s former swimming baths on Main Street transformed into the 8000 square-metre community hub, which is a joint venture between NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council.

Ian Ross, the health board’s director of strategic implementation, performance and planning, said: “This centre will be a tremendous addition to the town centre.

“Access to services is very important as more than 90 per cent of the contact which people have with the NHS is in primary care settings.

“The facilities of this centre will enable us to provide services in the best possible environment and allow people to access a wide range of health and council services in one convenient location.”

Coatbridge North and Glenboig councillor Tony Clarke, the council’s convener of property services, said: “We are delighted that the construction of this major project has reached this significant milestone.

“I would like to congratulate all involved and I am looking forward to its completion next year when the building will be an attractive addition to the landscape of North Lanarkshire, at the heart of Coatbridge town centre.”

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