Time lapse video shows progress of soon-to-be completed Devizes Health Centre

People in and around Devizes can now see how progress on the town’s new state-of-the-art healthcare facility is shaping up from the comfort of their own home.

Cameras at the Marshall Road construction site have been recording every moment of the multimillion-pound build since work started back in May 2021. 

Now, a new time-lapse video, which documents recent building activity, has been released and is available to watch online through any internet-enabled device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

The 90-second clip, which shows construction teams working through the rain and shine of the last two months, reveals that building work is nearing completion.

Doors to the new centre, which will be the flagship location for health and care in Devizes, are due to open later this year, with the building set to bring an extensive range of services from a number of different health and care providers together under one roof.

Dr Richard Sanford-Hill, GP at Market Lavington Surgery, said: “I was fortunate enough to visit the build during the early days of construction, and it’s absolutely fantastic to see how far the site team have come over the last 12 months.

“I know many in Devizes, as well as the surrounding areas, have waited patiently over many years for this new health centre, and I’m really pleased people now have the opportunity to see the building coming together at speed.

“It’s great that the latest digital media is being used to keep the local community updated, as not only will the centre be a truly 21st century health venue, it will also be powered by cutting-edge green technology, such as solar panels and heat pumps.”

As well as replacing the services at the existing Devizes Community Hospital, the centre will house a new on-the-day primary care team, and also become the home for a range of community-based services, such as phlebotomy, physiotherapy, audiology, podiatry, diabetes and mental health.

People will be able to access the services on offer at the new health centre with either a GP or hospital referral.

Devizes Health Centre will not replace any local GP practices, all of which will continue to operate as normal once the site opens later in the year.

The £10.9 million build has been overseen by NHS Property Services, which has worked with the CCG over the last few years in getting the project off the ground.

Andrew Strange, Regional Partnership Director, NHS Property Services, said: “We are delighted to say that works are very near to completion on this long-awaited project.

“Just one year after construction started, and we are now seeing the installation of solar panels that will power our first net zero carbon building, as well as all the fantastic services running in the facility.”

For further details about the build, and to view the latest time-lapse video, visit www.bswccg.nhs.uk.

More information about NHS Property Services can be found online at www.property.nhs.uk.