Building work on the long-awaited new GP surgery development in Stow-on-the-Wold will officially get underway on 21 November with a turf cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction.

The new premises for the Stow practice will be built adjacent to the Tall Trees property on Maugersbury Road, and will bring modern, spacious, state-of-the-art facilities to the town.

Some work has already started on the entrance to where the new building will be located in order to meet Planning conditions and some of the car park levels are being finalised with the Planning Officer.

The development will significantly improve the local population’s access to primary care (GP) services, with seven GP consulting rooms, four nurse consulting rooms and space for phlebotomy and minor operations.

The turf will be cut on the site at a small gathering with representatives from Stow Surgery, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, specialist healthcare property partner Assura, Property Adviser company GVA and local councillors.

Dr Judy Thornett, Senior Partner at Stow Surgery said:

“I am delighted that work is finally getting underway and that our patients will be able to benefit from much needed, modern facilities.

Our current surgery no longer meets modern healthcare standards, so we desperately need new premises to ensure we can continue to provide high quality services to our patients for years to come.”

The new building, which will take around 12 months to complete, will also provide first-rate facilities for reception and administration staff as well as 46 parking spaces for patients and staff.

Helen Goodey, Director of Primary Care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“This is a really positive development, and it’s fantastic that the practice is working with its partners to bring much needed, modern and spacious premises to the area.

This will ensure we can continue to provide high quality primary care for the local population into the future.”

Tim Scruton, Senior Director and Regional Head of Building Consultancy at GVA, said:

“GVA have been helping the GPs over the past 10 years with their property matters including land search, development options and architectural solutions.

We also are delighted that the finally approved solution is starting on site and we will continue to assist all parties through to successful completion of this critical project for Stow.”

Andrew Cooper, Assura Senior Development Manager, said:

“Stow’s GPs have worked tirelessly to reach this milestone to create the modern space that they need for their work, now and in the future.

“We’re delighted to be providing the funding to make this building a reality and look forward to working with the practice in the years to come.”

Andrew Eastabrook from Eastabrook Architects said:

“We have put a lot of thought into creating an attractive, environmentally sustainable building with pleasant, light, airy rooms, and with 46 parking spaces, we hope this will be an attractive centre for both patients and staff.”

It is anticipated that subject to the construction schedule, the building will be available for use from winter 2018.