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Work starts on new doctors surgery in Brixworth


 We’ve started construction work on a new doctors surgery in Northamptonshire, at Barratt Homes’ Saxon Rise development in Brixworth.

The new surgery, which will have capacity for approximately 7,000 patients, is set to feature a range of consulting and treatment rooms as well as a health education room.

The build is expected to be finished by summer 2018 and will replace the existing Brixworth Surgery building on Northampton Road, providing facilities for the growing number of residents in the area.

The sod was cut at the site with Saxon Spires Practice’s Dr Simon Twigg, Practice Manager Kathryn Baines and Patient Participation Group Chair, Sandra Attwood, Chris Heaton Harris MP, Cllr Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, Councillor Alex Coles, Chairman of Brixworth Parish Council and Bob Chattaway, Chairman of the Brixworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Kathryn says: “The partners and staff at Saxon Spires Practice are delighted that the new surgery building is now underway. This will give the doctors, staff and patients a purpose built surgery, which will increase the services that we can offer.  We are very grateful to everyone concerned who worked with us and for their support in achieving a new surgery building in Brixworth.  We look forward to its completion in 2018.”

Simon Gould, our Senior Development Manager, says: “Ensuring that primary care infrastructure keeps pace with new housebuilding is an issue for communities all over the country – both for patients and for practices under pressure to serve ever-growing patient lists, without the space they need to do so. This new surgery building is a great example of what can be achieved when developers, communities and GPs come together.”

We’re constructing the new surgery to all modern NHS design guidance and the building will have additional capacity for GP training and additional space for dispensary.

The building is the result of collaboration between Barratt Homes Northampton, Brixworth Parish Council, represented by the Neighbourhood Plan Group, Daventry District Council, the NHS and Saxon Spires Practice and will be funded solely through developer contributions rather than tax payer’s contribution. The team, chaired by Leader of Daventry District Council, Chris Millar, included Dr Simon Twigg and Kathryn Baines (Saxon Spires Practice), Bob Chattaway, Mike Parsons, Mike Nice (BNPSG), Tom James (DDC), Simon Gould (Assura), Ian Young and Lisa Clements (Barratt Homes Northampton).

Councillor Alex Coles, Chairman of Brixworth Parish Council, said: “Securing such a significant and much-needed improvement to Brixworth’s amenities is a fantastic achievement, and testament to the excellent working relationship forged between all parties involved. I would particularly like to thank the members of the Brixworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group whose tireless dedication drove this project forward on behalf of Brixworth Parish Council.”

Cllr Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council (DDC), said: “This was an excellent example of great teamwork from a number of partners to deliver a community facility.”

Bob Chattaway, Chairman of the Brixworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (BNPSG), said: “Following the Localism Act and the formation of the BNPSG by the Parish Council the provision of a new surgery became a priority for the Neighbourhood Plan. It is important to realise that the existing surgery had become too small to cope with the existing population, which had almost doubled since it was commissioned, let alone with more patients from further developments. The new surgery will however enable the Saxon Spires Practice to provide care for current residents, plus residents of the new Barratt development.”

Sandra Attwood, Chairman of Saxon Spires Patient Participation Group (SSPPG), said: “We are very pleased that work is starting on the new building for Brixworth Surgery. The much needed larger premises will allow more care to be provided nearer home for the increasing population of Brixworth and the surrounding villages. On behalf of all patients, the SSPPG would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the planning and negotiations of this project. We look forward to watching the progress of the new building with eager anticipation. Our congratulations and sincere thanks to all concerned.”

Andrew Swindell, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “As a leading homebuilder we not only care about building quality new homes, but ensuring the wider area is a fantastic place to live. With homes and local schools nearby, it’s important that we provide vital facilities such as this that the existing community and the new residents can benefit from.”

Saxon Rise is a 240 home development with a collection of three, four and five bedroom properties surrounded by the gentle rolling fields of the Northamptonshire countryside.