Whitchurch health development for second prize before construction

Darren Beale, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships West Midlands; Wayne Gethings, Managing Director of The Wrekin Housing Group, and Dean Carroll, Shropshire Councilor

Construction is underway at Pauls Moss Housing and Health Hub, which will include 71 additional self-contained care apartments for the over-55s, and a new modern two-storey health center for the wider community of Whitchurch.

The new development will also include a community space and café, as well as the integration of Pauls Moss House into the project. Wrekin Housing Group, Shropshire Council, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and local GPs are working in partnership to deliver the £19.1million development.

Pauls Moss was shortlisted earlier this year for a Local Government Chronicle Award and has now been shortlisted for ‘Best Partnership’ at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

An artist’s impression of the finished development

The nomination praised the project for its innovative approach, meeting both the housing and health needs of the local population, and its incredible working partnership between several organisations.

The construction company Vistry Partnerships North Midlands, responsible for the construction, provides employment and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

Wayne Gethings, Group Managing Director of The Wrekin Housing Group, said: “It is great news that our efforts to regenerate and transform the Pauls Moss site have been recognized. We are still in the early stages of construction, but the fact that the project has already been nominated for two national awards is a testament to the hard work undertaken by all partners.

“We hope that Pauls Moss will prove to be a model for housing and health services coming together to benefit all residents.”

Councilor Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Physical Infrastructure, said: ‘We are delighted to see Pauls Moss shortlisted in this category. Over the years, so many people have helped bring us to this point where we are now in the building phase.

“Once work is completed on the site, I am confident that the Pauls Moss Housing & Health Hub will quickly establish itself as a valuable community asset.”

Claire Parker, Director of Partnerships and Venue at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “This recognition is certainly well deserved. It is a great example of working in partnership and more broadly highlights the incredible work of Churchmere Medical Group who have done so much to support people’s health and wellbeing.

“As Whitchurch’s population continues to grow, this new health center will allow the practice to continue to meet the ever-growing health and care needs of patients in what will be a fantastic new building for the local population.”

Winners will be announced in September.

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