A new £9million integrated care hub for South Tyneside is finally starting to take shape.
Steel girders, which will form the structure of the centre, can now be seen from its base in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital in Harton Lane, South Shields.
It’s fantastic to see this facility taking shape.Coun Mary Butler
Since the development began in May, contractor, Robertson Construction, has already completed 75% of the foundation work, with the pouring of 500 cubic metres of concrete.
The steelwork began on target at the end of June and is expected to take about six weeks. The building’s shell should be finished in the autumn.
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is building the £9million centre on behalf of the council which views it as a major part of its response to the borough’s ageing population and increasing numbers of people with dementia.
Steve Williamson, the trust’s chief operating officer, said: “We are very pleased indeed with the progress being made on the development of the integrated care services hub, which will greatly enhance the quality of care for older people, and it is really exciting to see how the building is taking shape day by day.
“We and our partners are determined to ensure that this centre of excellence for joined-up care delivers fantastic services when it opens in 2016, providing local people with a tremendous asset of which everyone can be truly proud.”
Coun Mary Butler, lead member for adult social care and support services, is also welcoming the developments.
She added: “It is fantastic to see this facility taking shape.”