The construction of a new state-of-the-art healthcare centre is gathering pace.
Worthing Borough Council said work to build Worthing’s Integrated Care Centre (WICC) is “going well”, with the foundations of the building having reached their highest point and external work getting underway.
Funded by the council, the WICC will provide GP, mental health, community, and dentistry services under one roof, as well as a pharmacy and additional services for families and young children.
The council said, that once complete, the WICC will “boast some of the highest environmental standards” with an air source heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels providing most of the centre’s heating.
The development is expected to be completed in 2023.
The new facility is being built on the site of the council’s former car park in Stoke Abbott Road, and will see Worthing Medical Group, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services will move into the centre.
A new multi-storey car park with electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking will also be constructed adjacent to the WICC.
Councillor Beccy Cooper, the leader of Worthing Borough Council, was recently joined by other councillors and representatives of the partners involved in the project to see how the site is developing.
“The Worthing Integrated Care Centre will bring together much-needed health services for our communities.,” she said.
“I am keen to work in partnership with our NHS to make sure that we are providing the right environment and the right care to keep all members of our Worthing community well and healthy.”
Richard Watts, area director at Galliford Try, said the company is “delighted” to be working on the project.
“We’re delighted to be working on this flagship project, creating a community health hub that will benefit the people of Worthing and the surrounding area for so many years to come,” he said.