Doctors’ first view of new super surgery

Doctors' first view of new super surgery
GPs from Tonbridge Medical Group [TMG] joined councillors, contractors and local MP Tom Tugendhat on the roof as construction reached its highest point.

It replaces the clinics at Pembury Road and Higham Lane, which were deemed to no longer be able to provide the necessary space and services for a growing patient list.

TMG’s Senior Partner Dr Tim Palmer said: “It’s fantastic to finally be able to see our new facility taking form – especially from such a high vantage point.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the first patients to the new centre later this year.

“After so long, we will finally have the space we need to offer our patients a wider range of services all in one place.”

Mr Tugendhat said: “Tonbridge Medical Group’s new building will improve the availability of healthcare in south Tonbridge.

“I am delighted that after years of hard work by so many people we are here today, so close to completion. The centre significantly enhances the site.”

Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council said: “After many years of seeking opportunities to bring a new medical centre in Tonbridge, I am delighted that the Tonbridge Medical Group will soon achieve its aspiration for a high-quality, state-of-the-art medical facility in the town centre.

The cutting-edge design also means it will be less reliant on fossil fuels, using solar panels on the roof and technology such as air-source heat pumps to help reduce energy usage.

Construction of the centre, which began in June 2019, is expected to be completed in the summer.

Supported in West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group’s GP Estates Strategy, the centre is being funded by primary care property company Assura, who will be the building’s long-term owner.

Assura’s Senior Development Manager, Jon Webb, said: “The social impact of this much-needed new community facility is going to be positive and far-reaching.”

The ceremony was attended by Green Party councillor Mark Hood, who helped to save a chestnut tree on the site that was scheduled to be cut down by taking up residence in its branches for a week in December 2018.

He told the Times: “We attended to thank Assura for listening to the public and changing their plans regarding the tree.

“They are the only developer that we know of that decided to retain a tree once the local authority had granted permission to remove it.”

He added: “We remain worried about the risk of flooding, though, which is illustrated by the presence of three enormous pumps on and near the site.”

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