Project Summary

Sector: Health, Primary Care

Project profile: Design, Build and Finance a 3,109m² integrated resource centre which brought together and now houses two former independent GP practices in the Rock and the Knoll GP Practices together with community NHS services.

Customer: NHS Western Cheshire

Value: £7.9 million

Stage: Completed December 2011

Location: Frodsham, Cheshire

Professional Team

Funder: Aviva Investors & Community Solutions Partnership Services Limited

Tenant: Rock & Knoll GP Practices and Cheshire West CCG

Legal Advisor: Mills & Reeve LLP

Architect: AFL (Atherden Fuller Leng)

Contractor: Pochin Construction Limited

Employers Agent: Tweeds

M&E: Gifford

Structural: Gifford

Health Planner: Arcadis

Planning Consultant: J10

Project Description

Developed on the former Frodsham High School site owned by Cheshire West and Chester County Council. Cityheart worked in joint venture with Community Solutions Partnership Services (CSPS) to deliver this scheme which is one of the largest health centres in the North West.

Cityheart, led by Mark McNamee, were the developer with specific responsibility for acquiring the land, the complete design development process, obtaining planning consent, letting and managing the construction stage. CSPS provided the funding package.

Pochin Construction were the chosen contractor and delivered this BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building ahead of schedule and on budget. Furthermore, under our detailed activity review we were able to reduce overall size of the accommodation by approximately 25% leading to a substantial revenue saving for the NHS.

The services now enhanced and provided by the new centre include Community Contraception and Sexual Health Service, Community Heart Failure Service, Community Matrons, Community Midwives (Children’s Services), Continence Service, Dental Services, Dermatology Service, Dietetics, District Nursing, Health Improvement, Health Visitors (Children’s Services), Mental Health Services (Primary Care), Minor Surgery, Phlebotomy Service, Physiotherapy (MSK Service), Podiatry, School Health Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Services and Tissue Viability Service.


Paul Smith, Practice Manager of the Frodsham Health Practice said, “In terms of the overall project, Mark McNamee and Cityheart have delivered what they promised at the outset of this project. Without his overall vision, this would be something less than it is”.