work has started on creating a £2.35 million medical centre for a Derbyshire village.
The new building, in Crich, will serve 6,000 patients and is being built by Ashover-based firm Wildgoose Construction.
The company is constructing the 800-metre square, two-storey facility behind the Glebe Field Centre.
Managing director Tim Walker said they were delighted to be working on the new centre but the project would involve building into a steep hill because of the lack of available and suitable sites.
He added: “The build is not without its difficulties, as it is on a steep sloping site which means an extensive cut and fill operation and the formation of a plateau which will serve as the facility’s car park and will give access the surgery at first floor level.
“We are also enhancing the joint access route to the Glebe community centre as part of the contract, making it a truly community minded project.”
In addition to five GPs and a wide range of primary care services, the centre will include space for podiatry and district nursing services, provided by Derbyshire Community Health Services. There will also be an on-site pharmacy.
It is due to be completed by July.
The project is being built on behalf of primary care property specialists Primary Horizons based in Derby.
Managing director Steve Maleham, said: “We are delighted to see the Crich project come to fruition and look forward to a successful partnership with Wildgoose to deliver a high quality health centre, designed to modern standards for the benefit of patients and staff.”