Health centre underpass under review

Community opinion has led to designs for an underpass for a new £12m health centre in Edinburgh being reviewed.

The City of Edinburgh Council has agreed to consider looking into alternative designs for the underpass which allows pedestrian access to the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre on Harvesters Way .

A report going to the Council's Finance and Resources Committee next week (31 July) is recommending looking at alternative options.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener for Health and Social Care, said: "The local community have been quite clear about their views on the underpass and we have listened to what they have said. We will now see if any alternative options can be drawn up.

"This health centre is going to prove to be a fantastic facility for the area. It is only right that we make sure all suitable designs for the underpass are considered."

The centre will offer a range of services to the local community including; the Wester Hailes Medical Practice and community health services, such as podiatry, midwifery, dentistry, paediatrics, mental health, and learning disability care.

City council services, such as health and social care, children and families and criminal justice social work practice teams will be based in the centre. The development will also house local voluntary organisation the Wester Hailes Health Agency.

The latest phase of the project, run jointly by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council , has seen the completion of the building's steel frame.

Work is now underway to ensure that the structure is watertight starting with the construction of the concrete walls along with the installation of the plumbing and electrics.

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