Meir Primary Care Centre
We have had a lot of positive feedback from our patients so far. It will greatly benefit the people of the local area as it is easily accessible and offers a wider range of services.”
Joanne Ashcroft, Meir Primary Care Centre Manager
Designed in consultation with patients, staff and members of the local community, the health centre typifies a new, more sustainable model of community healthcare. Home to several GP practices and a range of services including paediatrics, physiotherapy and sexual health advice, dental facilities and an out-of-hours pharmacy, the building’s innovative four-storey layout and mezzanine waiting area encourages integrated working for a more holistic approach.
Benefitting from a central location at the ‘gateway’ to the city, the new facility has also contributed significantly to the regeneration of the local area. The design features a striking curved front façade, not only giving the centre prominence but complementing the building opposite, while the use of traditional red brick celebrates the heritage of the area.
The building’s flexible design and layout has enabled its use as an out-of-hours community facility, supporting the desire of the local population for a community hub that, in addition to its focus on healthcare provision, can support the daily life of the area.
Fostering support through community artWith the proposed location for the new health centre being on the site of a former bowling green and public house, there was initially local opposition to the scheme. As part of the communications and engagement process, Prima 200 worked with NHS Stoke on Trent to support a community arts project, which was aimed at fostering a sense of pride and ownership in the scheme - particularly amongst younger people. A local graffiti artist was involved to help local teenagers decorate the hoardings around the construction site. Painted with potteries icons, including mascots of Stoke City and Port Vale football clubs, the arts project helped engage the local community and tackle issues of anti-social behaviour which the area had previously suffered from.