Friday, 25 October 2013

Construction starts on new health centre



Local MSP Margaret Burgess visited building works in Ardrossan last Thursday (October 17) to ‘officially’ mark the construction phase in the development of a new medical centre for the town.

Also in attendance were North Ayrshire Council leader Willie Gibson and Dr Gerry Norton from the South Beach practice, which will relocate to the new centre once it is complete.  The facility will also accommodate a dental surgery.

Work on the long-awaited health centre, incorporating the building that was formerly Ardrossan’s police station, was stalled repeatedly before clearance of the site finally commenced in September.  Margaret Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South and also the SNP Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, was on hand last week to mark the start of the work that will see the transformation of what had long been a semi-derelict site at the entrance to Ardrossan’s harbour regeneration zone.

Mrs Burgess said, “Earlier this year the Scottish Government contributed £2.5million from our ‘shovel ready’ programme to this project.  

 “Bringing this formerly derelict site back into use as a doctors’ surgery and healthcare centre is a great example of how buildings can be regenerated to provide vital services for the local area.  This facility will not only breathe new life into the town centre but will also improve medical services for residents of Ardrossan.”

The new health centre is scheduled to be completed by May of next year.

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