A full planning application has been submitted to Manchester City Council for the new integrated health and community hub planned for Gorton.
Local people have already been invited to comment on the proposals through events in the local community. Residents can now take part in a formal consultation process as part of the planning procedure.
New images of how the hub will look are available in the notes to editors section.
The ambition is to bring together a partnership of public sector organisations to provide a one-stop-shop for a range of services that are currently delivered in different locations. This will include Manchester City Council, health and social care partners, and housing and community service provider, One Manchester.
This will allow the current Gorton library to move from its current site close-by to the new improved facility. The existing library will remain open until the hub is completed to ensure a seamless transition.
Integrating services under one roof makes accessing different support networks much easier for local people and helps to maximise collaborative space within the new hub.
The demolition of the vacant properties on Garratt Way (formerly Eastland Homes offices and a former pub) has already taken place to ready the site for development.
Start on site is expected late 2019 and completion is expected in Spring 2021.
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to the project as key contractor.
IBI have acted as architects on the project along with Curtins who have acted as engineering consultant.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The hub in Gorton represents a unique opportunity to combine a rich mix of public services under one roof for the first time – allowing local people to access the services they need more easily.
“The hub, combined with other wide-ranging investment, is helping to transform the neighbourhood and, along with other developments including new affordable housing, Gorton is fast becoming a neighbourhood of choice.”
Cllrs Bev Craig, Manchester City Council’s executive member for adult health and wellbeing, said: “An approach like this is the embodiment of our belief that you can’t just treat health and social care in isolation - as all the other key elements of life like housing, having a good job, and having fulfilling things to do in our free time are all interconnected with our wellbeing.
“We want to help Manchester people live happier and healthier lives. Accessing services should be easy and joined up, and that’s why we are making public services like health and care work more closely, to provide better support to help people when they need it, to stay fit and well, access good quality jobs and enjoy all the rich social and cultural elements of where they live.”
Anna Bishop, Executive Director of Place at One Manchester, said: “We are excited to be involved in the hub in project and are looking forward to working with partners to provide a range of specialist support services for local residents. Working more closely in Gorton with health services, libraries and MAES will ensure we can connect our customers with a full range of opportunities and support services to improve their well being.
“As well as general customer service and housing advice, we will be providing employability services, including job search and careers advice, help with CVs and wider skills development and opportunities for work placements and volunteering. Residents interested in setting up their own business or social enterprise will benefit from access to qualified business advisors and business skills workshops and qualified staff will be on hand to deliver debt, money management and benefits advice.”
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure MD for the North, Barry Roberts, added: “This is precisely the type of development we have a real passion for delivering. It is an important asset which will touch the lives of many people in the local community. We are very pleased to have the opportunity and responsibility to provide these facilities to the people of Gorton and will work with the city council to ensure the project has a positive community benefit during the construction phases.”