GP surgery plans redrawn.
Tuesday 27th November 2018 @ 18:00 by Anna Fletcher
Community News Royton

Plans for a new GP surgery on the site of a youth centre have had to be redrawn after the existing building ‘fell apart’ during construction.

Dr Zahid Chauhan, who is also a councillor and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, has submitted updated plans to the council for the planned relocation of Royton Medical Centre.

The centre, which is currently on Market Street, had been proposed to move onto the site of the former Royton Youth Centre on Chapel Street, and would have converted part of the existing building for the new facility.

Planning permission for that development had already been granted in March last year, and building work was underway.

But a new application for the site has had to be lodged with a revised design for the two-storey building after the contractors had to demolish more of the 1960s youth centre than originally planned.

Cllr Chauhan said that during the initial foundation and piling works works on the site it became clear that the structure of the remaining youth centre was not safe to be converted.

“The building was unsafe even before it was demolished and they could not proceed with what they wanted to do. They started modifying it and it basically just fell apart,” he said.

“We wanted to make sure that it is the same building ready for the health care needs, which could not be done with modifying the existing building.”

They are aiming to be able to move from the ‘outdated’ Market Street premises into the new building by next June.

Cllr Chauhan added it would have more parking spaces and would be easier for patients to access.

The previous design would have seen an extension built onto the youth centre, with a redesign of the interior to house the GP surgery.

A design and access statement by DGA Architecture states: “Unfortunately the contractor demolished more of the original Youth Centre building than was proposed and now only the end wall facing Sandy Lane remains.

“In its current state it is not structurally stable and it is not practical from a design or construction perspective to try and retain it.

“As it is the only remaining part of the original construction it would appear incongruous and difficult to incorporate within any new design.”

The architects say the new design would allow for a ‘much improved’ internal layout which would meet current NHS standards for primary care premises.

“The new surgery building will allow the practice to offer a greater scope of in-house services to patients, along with potential for future expansion,” they said.

“The new facilities will also enable the practice to employ full time registrars and in turn train medical students.

Whilst the building is two-storeys, the first floor is to be built within the roof with dormer style windows to make it less overbearing.

It is felt that the new design is more ‘in keeping’ with the architecture found in the immediate neighbourhood

There would be 16 parking spaces on site, with two disability spaces.