Plans for a new community hospital in Consett has been granted
Durham County Council's planning committee gave the go-ahead on
the new multi-million pound state-of-the-art build on Derwent View,
part of the former Steel Works site on 07 March. The new
development will replace the current Shotley Bridge Community
The facility will provide patients with a modern healthcare
facility, purpose built around the needs of patients now and into
the future. Construction work is expected to commence later this
year to deliver the new facility in 2025.
Programme Manager at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
Trust, Jane Curry said: "This is a very important milestone in this
long awaited development for the population of Derwentside, and the
critical part this facility plays in the wider community healthcare
infrastructure in County Durham."
Hanna Hardy, Acquisitions Lead
at NHS Property Services commented: "The planning approval is
excellent news and follows a significant amount of work and
positive engagement from all involved stakeholders, including
Project Genesis Limited, technical and planning advisors DPP,
Medical Architecture and Tilbury Douglas.
"The team at NHS Property Services are excited to continue to
support the Trust and our NHS partners through to the next phase of
the process, delivering a fantastic new community hospital to
enable our clinical colleagues to deliver excellent patient
The build has been designed by specialist healthcare architects,
Medical Architecture. Director Lianne Knotts commented: "We are
delighted to move on to the next stage in delivering this important
new community hospital for the local population.
"We have designed a building that is welcoming to all and that
creates an environment for care that promotes wellbeing and
recovery. We are now looking forward to making the plans a
Paul Ellenor, Regional Director at Tilbury Douglas, the
project's main contractor, added: "We are delighted that formal
planning permission has been granted for the new hospital. Our team
and the project's design partners have worked hard to develop a
scheme that will benefit the local community, providing an enhanced
environment for both patients and staff."
Published: 07 March 2023
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital