Construction of new medical centre begins on site

Work starts on the new Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre, in West Kirby. Featured image.
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Work has finally begun on the long-awaited new medical centre for West Kirby.

Workers from Eric Wright Construction have now begun on the Orrysdale Road site with work expected to be completed by April 2023.

It is a decade since a consultation was first held about the scheme.

Work starts on site at the Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre
Representatives from Wirral Community Health and Care, Age UK Wirral, Marine Lake Medical Practice and Estuary Medical Practice and local stakeholders attend an event to mark the start on site of Work starts on site at the Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The new complex – which will be known as Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre – will be the new home for Marine Lake Medical Practice and Estuary Medical Practice, which are currently based at The Concourse.

A CGI of the new garden at the Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre.

There will also be access to:

  • Specialist health and care services, including Community Nursing and Community Cardiology.
  • An expanded 0-19 Health and Wellbeing service for local families.
  • A new community space led by Age UK Wirral.
  • Wellbeing gardens and a series of local art installations and exhibitions.
  • Extended hours and increased capacity.
A CGI of the new Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre

Plans submitted to Wirral Council in 2020 show it will have treatment rooms on the ground floor, GP consultation rooms above and administration accommodation on the second floor.

The site will also be home to a community cafe, run by Age UK Wirral.

A digger starts work on the new Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre, in West Kirby.
Work starts on the new Marine Lake Health and Wellbeing Centre, in West Kirby.

Outside, there will also be improvements to the cycle route in front of Bridge Court apartments and a new pedestrian crossing.

The scheme is being funded by NHS England and Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Construction is expected to take around a year, meaning the new complex should open in 2023. 

The existing Marine Lake Medical Practice

BEING PATIENT – A 10 YEAR WAIT FOR WEST KIRBY’S NEW MEDICAL CENTRE

2012 – Consultation takes place regarding a replacement for Marine Lake Medical Centre, on a site next to the proposed Bridge Street apartments.

2013 – Planning permission for the scheme is granted by Wirral Council, with work scheduled to get under way after the apartments are completed.

2019 – TG Medical Centre on Grange Road does not have its GP contract renewed and its patients also begin using the ageing Marine Lake Medical Centre building.

February 2020 – Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust insists the scheme is still alive

April 2020 – A search begins for a contractor to build the site.

July 2020 – Updated plans are submitted to Wirral Council.

December 2020 – Hoardings are erected proclaiming that construction will start in spring 2021 and the new centre will open in 2022.

November 2021 – Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust reveals that construction will get under way in early 2022.

March 2021 – Construction begins on site.

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