Weston College to spend more than £13million on new healthcare centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 January 2018

An artist's impression of the propsed health and active living skills centre.

An artist's impression of the propsed health and active living skills centre.

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Weston College has revealed plans to spend more than £13million on a healthcare facility.

The proposed site boundary in Loxton Road.The proposed site boundary in Loxton Road.

The health and active living skills centre will be located at the college’s university campus, in Loxton Road, with a £13.3million investment planned for the creation of teaching spaces for health and social care.

The college wants to support the increasing demand on the health sector and address the NHS shortages in the area.

MORE: NHS trust executive James Rimmer praises Weston General Hospital staff during busy winter.

‘Extensive consultation’ has been undertaken with health leaders to understand the challenges the sector faces and how these can be addressed through an expansion of the college’s provision.

It will be the first facility of its kind in the South West and courses will enable young people and adults to learn from level one up to degree level.

As well as providing qualifications for people new to the healthcare sector, the centre will also work with local and regional employers to retrain their staff.

Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, said: “This is an important investment in the future of healthcare in the region.

“We looked at a number of options when it came to building this new centre, but the one that was most viable was to build it at our Loxton Campus, which is a stone’s throw away from Weston General Hospital.

“The development will bring together the college’s health and social care, sports therapy and active living curricula into one bespoke facility, which will benefit our students as well as the wider community.”

The college submitted a full planning application for the multi-functional three-story building in November last year.

MORE: Planning application submitted for three-storey building at Weston College.

James Rimmer, chief executive of Weston Area Health Trust, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for partnership working between Weston College and Weston General Hospital.

“This demonstrates the investment we are both making to support the learning and development of students.

“We hope it will also help the recruitment and retention of staff, as well as supporting the increased demand on healthcare.”

View Architects are designing the project, which has a total internal floor area of 3,209sqm.

New car, cycle and pedestrian access will also be provided.

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