Durham DTC Turf Cutting

New Diagnostics and Treatment Centre
Turf Cutting Event

A New Diagnostics and Treatment Centre near Durham will soon be taking shape

Durham Diagnostics and Treatment Centre

The start of construction for a state of the art new Diagnostic and Treatment Centre on a site in Belmont, north east of Durham was marked with a turf-cutting ceremony on Tuesday 11th April.

The centre is being delivered by Ashley House plc in partnership with City Hospitals Sunderland. The two storey, Diagnostics & Treatment Centre will provide purpose built, modern, high quality premises specifically designed to cater for community renal dialysis and day surgery. It will provide enhanced facilities in order to meet modern healthcare objectives whilst at the same time allowing flexibility for future growth, and helping to relieve pressure on other NHS facilities. The new facility will be located centrally at Belmont, serving patients from the north eastern areas of Durham and beyond.

The building, once complete, will be 2,500 square metres and will be accessible to people across the City. The project is being delivered by Ashley House which has engaged funders Assura, architects P+HS and Durham- based contractors Esh Build.

Ashley House is a founding members of the Social Stock Exchange, which is for businesses seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities. This new facility in Durham, operated by City Hospitals Sunderland for the benefit of local people and designed and built by local firms fits perfectly with that ethos.

Pictured are; Ashley House Commercial Director, Jonathan Holmes with Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Jonathan Holmes, Ashley House’s Commercial Director said: “As a social developer we have worked closely with the Trust and its clinicians to ensure we are delivering an innovative facility helping local people access the highest quality services closer to home. We are particularly pleased to be working with partners that share our values and ensure the local economy benefits from the construction as well as the health services into the future.”

Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m delighted that work has started on our new diagnostic and treatment centre. This facility will not only provide a range of key services in much closer proximity to Durham, but it will allow us to expand and improve those services for the benefit of many of our patients who currently have to travel to Sunderland to receive the care they need.”

Assura’s Development Manager, Paul Warwick added: “This is about building for the NHS of the future – a future in which patients won’t always have to travel to hospital for tests and treatment, and in which diagnostic and treatment centres are fit for the job they need to do. We’re very proud to be funding this centre and look forward to seeing it take shape.”

Paul Redman, Divisional Director of Esh Build, said: “The Esh Build team is excited to begin work on this important new centre for Durham and the North East. The Diagnostic and Treatment Centre will provide cutting edge facilities that meet the demands of modern healthcare. Esh Build specialises in detailed, technical properties for the healthcare sector, and we look forward to delivering this centre for Ashley House plc.”

Wayne Carr Director for City Hospitals Independent Commercial Enterprises LTD (CHoICE) “We are delighted to be project managing this exciting development on behalf of City Hospitals Sunderland. Our dedicated team will work closely with all parties to ensure a high quality, state of the art facility to deliver excellent patient care. With CHoICE Facilities Services’ commitment to service excellence, we are at the forefront of improving the value of NHS support services”.