The project had been progressing well and to programme until the incidence of Covid 19 and in particular the imposition of the ”stay at home” and “social distancing” measures. Through discussions with the Northern Irish Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Board, the project gained the support and confirmation to be classified as a “Key Project”, which enabled staff to register as Key Workers. This has allowed some work to progress and our contractor and partner O’Hare & McGovern have been working diligently to continue despite limited resources and availability of material supplies. The Trust representatives (South Eastern Heath and Social Care Trust) and the contractor are demonstrating the true spirit of partnership working in the successful and safe delivery of this project in these very difficult times.
Without any certainty on how long Covid 19 is going to impact, the new heath centre, which was due to complete in April 2021, will eventually become a critical facility to support local health services in the future.
The construction is nearing the topping out of the main building, which will mark another key milestone in the programme.
Kajima is working in partnership with O’Hare & McGovern (OHMG), through GPG O’Hare (Lisburn) Limited, a special purpose company established to build and manage this £40 million project. Jitesh Patel and Kirk Taylor (from Kajima), together with Eamon O’Hare and Pat Duffy (from OHMG) are Directors of GPG O’Hare (Lisburn) Ltd, and are involved in monitoring and directing the performance of the project as it moves forward. Graham Asset Management will undertake the facilities management requirements for the new facility over the contract term.
Situated on the Lagan Valley Hospital site, the 12,792sqm centre will bring together eight GP practices with other associated health care services to create a wide range of facilities to serve the city of Lisburn and its surroundings. When completed, the centre will offer modern consultation and out-patient treatment facilities for primary care services such asmodern minor procedures rooms, a children’s services centre, specialist dentistry, podiatry and orthoptics services, adult mental health services, addiction services, lymphoedema services and range of other facilities.
By integrating primary and community care services under one roof, the new centre will encourage multi-disciplinary, community-centred care, representing a transformation in the way that health care is delivered, in line with the Department of Health’s vision, as set out in the “Transforming Your Care (TYC)” and ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026 – Delivering Together’ strategy.