24 August 2021

A ground-breaking event has taken place to celebrate a £43m development that will see an integrated health and care hub built in the heart of the town. 

The project, funded by Central Bedfordshire Council with a contribution from the £6.2m Housing Infrastructure Fund for Dunstable, will also include 98 apartments for the over 55s built right in the heart of the town. 

The Dunstable integrated health and care hub is the first of its kind to be built across Central Bedfordshire and a realisation of an ambitious vision created 10 years ago between the council and its NHS partners. 

ELFT is a project partner. 

Chief finance officer and deputy chief executive Steven Course and Dr Mohit Venkataram, director of commercial development, attended the ground-breaking ceremony on August 23, 2021, along with representatives from all other partners. 

Planning was approved in 2020 and work on-site commenced three months ago, but due to the pandemic the ceremony had been delayed. 

When complete the hub will transform the way health and care services are provided so local people can be better supported in the community, with access to more joined-up working between hospitals and community-based services. It is being built on the site behind GO Bowling off Court Drive. 

After three months of earthworks and ground preparation, phase one of the new integrated health and care hub commenced today with the installation of the steel framework. 

Cllr Brian Saunders, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Chairman led the way in signing a beam alongside the main contractor Richard Davidson, Regional Director at Willmott Dixon and Gloria Martin, Mayor, Dunstable Town Council. 

All invited guests had an opportunity to sign the beam with a special message. 

The signed beam was then raised into place on-site as the first of the steel framework for the structure and will act as a living time capsule and as a reminder of this moment in time. 

The development is scheduled for completion in spring 2023. 

“We are delighted to part of an innovative project that reflects how health and social care is developing and improving to meet the needs of the communities we care for,” said Steven Course. 

“This is a tremendously exciting programme of collaboration by partners with one common goal – to provide joined-up care through a modern, purpose-built centre for the people of Dunstable,” said Dr Mohit Venkataram. 

To get a feel for how the integrated health and care hub and apartments will look when complete, take a look at these CGI fly-through videos, a vision of inside the integrated health and care hub:

and what the building and homes will look like: