Work starts on £1.7m medical centre extension

Artist's impression of new wing at Poplar Grove Medical Centre in Meadow Way, Aylesbury
Artist's impression of new wing at Poplar Grove Medical Centre in Meadow Way, Aylesbury

Construction work on the £1.7 million two-storey extension of an Aylesbury doctors’ surgery has got underway.

The development at Poplar Grove Medical Centre in Meadow Way will enable the practice to merge with the nearby Broughton House Surgery (currently based in Tring Road, Aylesbury) with the enlarged surgery occupying the extended building.

The year-long construction programme will create a 842 square metres extension housing facilities including 11 consulting rooms, the reception and waiting areas, treatment and recovery rooms, a health education room and toilets and changing rooms.

Outside there will be a new parking area and landscaping work.

Developer Stepnell, based in Wantage, has been awarded the project by Primary Health Properties PLC.

The scheme is designed by Thomas Wilson Architects.

Materials for the extension will match the existing medical centre which was built by Stepnell in the late 1990s.

The construction work will include changes to the ventilation system to cut energy consumption in key areas of the building.

Stepnell will also install photovoltaic panels supplied by its partner, leading solar power specialist EvoEnergy.

Stepnell director Tom Wakeford says: “This is an exciting programme of work which will deliver major improvements for the local population, providing a high-quality healthcare environment for staff and patients.

“Our team has a long track record of working effectively in ‘live’ settings and will use that expertise to ensure minimal disruption during the construction programme.”

The Poplar Grove practice will stay open throughout the redevelopment.