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Work begins on new Health Centre - the final stage of £20m Dunston Regeneration Project

Work has started on a new health centre at the former 'Dunston Rocket' site in Gateshead.

The centre will provide local people with a much larger and more modern practice and will allow the relocation of the nearby Glenpark Surgery.

The work is part of the £20million regeneration of Ravensworth Road in Dunston being led by homebuilder Keepmoat Homes in a partnership with Gateshead Council.

Engie has been contracted by Keepmoat Homes to build the health centre, which will be finished by the end of the year.  

The centre is one of the final elements of the regeneration scheme, with the first phase seeing the transformation of the area through the demolition of the unpopular tower and adjacent deck access blocks followed by the creation of new neighbourhood facilities including an Aldi food store, Boots pharmacy and apartments for older people.

Keepmoat has now also started work on 45 new two and three bedroom homes, which will be released for sale in March.

Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: "We are thrilled to have now started work on 45 much needed new homes and the medical centre, which will only continue the spectacular transformation of Dunston.

"It has been a huge undertaking but the patience and hard work of everyone involved has ensured we are now in the final stages. The scheme illustrates the massive success that can be achieved though partnership working between the Council, Keepmoat and other partners.

"This is great news for local residents, who have already given excellent feedback about the new facilities and the removal of the 'Rocket' tower block - which to many had become an eyesore.

"It's wonderful to know that the scheme has already benefited the community and we look forward to seeing this continue as we build new high quality homes and enhance the provision of health care in Dunston through the delivery of the new medical centre."

Councillor Malcolm Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing at Gateshead Council, said"We want Gateshead to be a place where everyone thrives. We are committed to putting people and families at the heart of everything we do and I'm delighted that the final phases of this project are underway in Dunston. The new health centre will be a welcome addition to the area, allowing the doctors to leave their old, outdated surgery for a new state of the art facility just across the road."

Dr Bronwyn Tasker, Senior Partner at Glenpark Medical Practice, said: "We are delighted that construction work has started on our new practice building. As a practice, we strive to provide the best possible health care and modern, purpose-designed premises will enable us to look to build on the range of services we offer our patients, as well as giving easier access for our patients with disabilities and those with young children."

For more information regarding Keepmoat, please visit Keepmoat.com (opens new window)

News 2018
28 March 2018

Work has started on a new health centre at the former 'Dunston Rocket' site in Gateshead.

The centre will provide local people with a much larger and more modern practice and will allow the relocation of the nearby Glenpark Surgery.

The work is part of the £20million regeneration of Ravensworth Road in Dunston being led by homebuilder Keepmoat Homes in a partnership with Gateshead Council.

Engie has been contracted by Keepmoat Homes to build the health centre, which will be finished by the end of the year.  

The centre is one of the final elements of the regeneration scheme, with the first phase seeing the transformation of the area through the demolition of the unpopular tower and adjacent deck access blocks followed by the creation of new neighbourhood facilities including an Aldi food store, Boots pharmacy and apartments for older people.

Keepmoat has now also started work on 45 new two and three bedroom homes, which will be released for sale in March.

Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: "We are thrilled to have now started work on 45 much needed new homes and the medical centre, which will only continue the spectacular transformation of Dunston.

"It has been a huge undertaking but the patience and hard work of everyone involved has ensured we are now in the final stages. The scheme illustrates the massive success that can be achieved though partnership working between the Council, Keepmoat and other partners.

"This is great news for local residents, who have already given excellent feedback about the new facilities and the removal of the 'Rocket' tower block - which to many had become an eyesore.

"It's wonderful to know that the scheme has already benefited the community and we look forward to seeing this continue as we build new high quality homes and enhance the provision of health care in Dunston through the delivery of the new medical centre."

Councillor Malcolm Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing at Gateshead Council, said"We want Gateshead to be a place where everyone thrives. We are committed to putting people and families at the heart of everything we do and I'm delighted that the final phases of this project are underway in Dunston. The new health centre will be a welcome addition to the area, allowing the doctors to leave their old, outdated surgery for a new state of the art facility just across the road."

Dr Bronwyn Tasker, Senior Partner at Glenpark Medical Practice, said: "We are delighted that construction work has started on our new practice building. As a practice, we strive to provide the best possible health care and modern, purpose-designed premises will enable us to look to build on the range of services we offer our patients, as well as giving easier access for our patients with disabilities and those with young children."

For more information regarding Keepmoat, please visit Keepmoat.com (opens new window)

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