Rope Green Medical Centre

Sapphire Primary Care Developments Ltd

Shavington, Crewe


86,111 sq.ft


Ideas for a new One-Stop Health Centre were developed in conjunction with healthcare developer Sapphire Primary Care Devlopments Ltd, Central Cheshire PCT (CCG) and the GP practice.

The proposals consisted of a new Health Centre to be built to replace two smaller outdated surgeries in the neighbouring centres of Wistaston and Shavington, near Crewe, Cheshire.

A contemporary design was welcomed by the planners and supported to fit into the designated Green Gap on the site of redundant playing fields belonging to the local High School. Early consultation with the planners and the County Council was essential in achieving planning permission and redesignation of the land for use as healthcare.

The building accommodates a 7 partner GP practice with facilities for the CCG  for Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech Therapy and Health Education, as well as a retail Pharmacy. The first floor incorporates a large conference room and library which also serves as a training facility for students.

All primary care facilities were able to be accommodated on the ground floor with admin and training facilities at first floor enabling secure zoning of public and private space. Future expansion is provided for at upper levels with the provision of a stretcher sized lift and space to expand over the roof areas.

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Design and Innovation

Careful attention was paid to the site boundaries and the car parking incorporating appropriate local species for hedgerow planting and storm drainage retention systems.

The design incorporates brickwork, render and timber cladding with a low pitch standing seam metal roof which allowed the building to sit within the green gap without looking obtrusive and not imposing on the open nature of the site.

Green transport policies were incorporated within the development with the implementation of a Travel Plan, as well as the relocation of two bus stops to serve the locality.

The specification of materials was carefully selected for low maintenance and high security. High performance glazing and windows, and insulation achieved low energy consumption.

The design incorporates expansion space and future potential for expansion at first floor level over the single storey wings.

The building opened in September 2007 and has already led to an influx of patients joining the practice list.