Ashton Community Health Centre, Ashton-in-Makerfield

Transformation of Ashton Town Hall into a new NHS Community Health Centre
Eric Wright Health & Care / Wigan Borough CCG
1,485 sqm
August 2019
Gilling Dodd Associates


Ashton Town Hall was transformed into a new NHS Community Health Centre after proposals from Eric Wright Health & Care were approved by Council Town Planners.

The new health facility houses the community services and GP Practice, currently located within Ashton Clinic and the Medicentre GP practice in a single location.

Supporting more than 10,000 patients, the centre boosts local health services and also provides the opportunity for additional support to be reintroduced to improve the health and wellbeing of residents. The new health centre provides accommodation for a pharmacy.

There is an area on the ground floor meeting/community area that was designed so it could be used out of hours by local community groups. Additional features include an ambulance standby point, which has been included to provide a location where crews can rest between calls. Solar Panels were installed to improve the building’s sustainability credentials and make the project more cost-effective.

ccs-score   37/50 Considerate Constructors score      waste-recycled   100% Waste recycled           79.4% Local persons on site

Key Challenges

The scheme had an immediate neighbourhood, which comprised of terraced shops and houses. Careful planning and logistics were put into the programme to ensure minimal disruption.


Deliveries and supplies were on a daily lockdown during school drop off and pick up times to avoid obstruction.

Added Value

The children in the adjacent school made safety posters for the hoarding surrounding the site. This enabled the children to learn about SPLAAT (Safe Play At All Times) as well as contributing to the local community.

Pre-start letters were distributed to all local residents and was followed up by updates and bulletins.

The site manager was on personal, day-to-day terms with the staff of the adjoining dental practice, school and residents facing the frontage.

EWC facilitated the salvage and delivery of artefacts from the Town Hall for display in a nearby memorial garden.

Client Feedback

“I am delighted that the Planning committee gave unanimous approval for the medical centre. Because of Government changes to NHS funding, the people of Ashton will have waited more than 10 years for this centre to be built. Now the developers can finally start the job and Ashton will get a modern health facility which it so desperately needs and I look forward to it being opened for the community.”
Nigel Ash

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