Central Bedfordshire Council has awarded Willmott Dixon a contract to deliver the new £43m Chiltern Vale Integrated Health and Care Hub and 98 homes
Located in Dunstable and procured using the LHC framework, the Chiltern Vale Integrated Health and Care Hub will bring together care professionals under one roof to deliver health and wellbeing for the local community.
The 6,375 sqm hub consists of four storeys and will offer a wide range of services, including community mental health and children’s services.
The project’s scope also includes the construction of 98 homes for residents over 55, offering a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments.
Willmott Dixon’s early involvement in the design saw its team of construction specialists work with Central Bedfordshire Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs and local NHS providers to develop the service model and schedule of accommodation. This was designed on the principles of cura, Willmott Dixon’s pre-designed integrated health and care hub concept.
cura enables a bespoke internal layout with future adaptability to meet service changes.
‘Enabling more joined-up care’
Councillor Eugene Ghent, executive member for housing & assets at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “I’m delighted we have Wilmott Dixon on board and can start work on this exciting development, which will provide much needed housing and a building for health and care services. It will enable more joined-up care and bring a wide range of services closer to people.
“Willmott Dixon has a strong track record in delivering health and care hubs, and is committed to working in a sustainable and responsible way.
“This makes them the perfect partner in helping us achieve our vision of providing joined-up health and care services for people in Dunstable and the surrounding villages.”
Chris Tredget, managing director at Willmott Dixon for London and the East, added: “We’re delighted to be delivering this exciting new project, which will become a focal point for integrating a range of health and care services within the local community, together with the creation of 98 homes.
“We’re very much looking forward to getting on site and beginning construction.”