Willmott Dixon’s strength in helping NHS Trusts rationalise estates has been underlined with North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) choosing it to deliver a £25 million transformation of its community healthcare facilities.

Willmott Dixon has an extensive track record of enabling NHS Trusts to get better use of their estates as well as working in live healthcare environments, and it will use this knowledge to create new facilities that supports NELFT’s plans to roll out a new hub and service model giving improved local access to services and allowing staff to spend more time with patients in the community.

The first project will create the £12 million Waltham Forest Central Hub, a new flagship facility that will accommodate community recovery teams, the early intervention in psychosis team and space for community clinics, respiratory, diabetes and podiatry services. It will be completed by mid-2017.

Two further projects will see a Children’s Hub at Redbridge, providing facilities for Community Paediatricians, Occupational Therapy and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, plus a new Service Hub at Thurrock to accommodate GPs, practice nurses, community health clinics and a base for community health and social care teams.

NELFT provides an extensive range of integrated community and mental health services for people living in the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest and community health services in south west Essex across Brentwood, Basildon and Thurrock.

Anastasia Chrysafi, P21+ framework manager for Willmott Dixon, who will work with the team to deliver these projects:

“We’re delighted to be working with this forward thinking NHS Trust; the scope very much fits our skill-sets of strategic planning and working in live environments. We’re looking forward to using our healthcare experience to support the Trust’s strategy of rationalising its estate, providing more accessible services in the local community and an improved quality of service for both service users and patients.”