• 11 November 2020
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Gateshead-based contractor Tolent has been awarded a £2.6m contract to build the Newbiggin Medical Centre in Newcastle.

Building on behalf of primary care medical centre developer Assura, the new two-storey centre will include three treatment rooms, 15 consulting rooms, office space to provide further expansion opportunities and as part of the scheme’s environmental targets, will also include a green roof.

The scheme was designed by P+HS Architects and has the support of Newcastle City Council as the local authority made the land available as part of the Newbiggin Hall estate redevelopment, and the new medical centre is an important piece of the wider community regeneration scheme to create new homes and retail units.

Andy Cooper, senior development manager at Assura, said: “I’m delighted that we have finally been able to make a start on this development. The practice needs a bigger building more suited to the number of patients already registered. The designs are fantastic, and we cannot wait to bring a modern medical centre to the area.”

Having worked with Assura for the last five years, Tolent has successfully delivered over £13.5m worth of primary care work.

Rick Halton, regional director for Tolent, said: “We pride ourselves on repeat business and Assura is one of our valued, long-standing clients that we work for across the country.

“We were delighted to be awarded this new contract and look forward to delivering a much needed facility for the local community.”

Tolent will start on site this month with completion expected in summer 2021.

Other recently completed healthcare works for Tolent included the (COVID) Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland, which included the transformation of a vacant commercial building into a fully functioning facility providing 460 beds in just under three weeks, Tolent is also completing around £8m worth of ward refurbishment work at the RVI and Freeman hospitals.

Tolent has a diverse portfolio of healthcare projects which includes: hospitals, medical centres, laboratories, IC units, veterinary surgeries and mental health centres.