Topping out at new Binfield Health and Community Centre

The new Binfield Health and Community Centre reached a key milestone in its construction on Monday, 11 July, as the project team celebrated its topping out ceremony.

The topping out marked the metal deck being completed on top of the building, which boasts a double height hall, multi-use meeting and activity space, GP consultation and examination rooms and minor procedures room in the heart of the Blue Mountain site in Binfield.

Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Ankur Shiv Bhandari, joined Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, and representatives from the council, Frimley Health and Care ICS, Osborne, Binfield Parish Council and Binfield GP surgery for the ceremony.

Cllr Birch said: “It’s wonderful to see the building of this much needed health and wellbeing facility taking shape. When open, the new centre will provide a number of integrated primary health and community services under one roof to the residents of Binfield, in a modern and environmentally sustainable facility.

“I’d like to thank our partners at Osborne for their continued hard work and dedication in providing us with what will be an energy efficient and cleverly designed space that will improve the lives of the local community now and in the future.”

Osborne Chairman, Andrew Osborne, said: “Our aim is always to maximise, where possible, the benefits of our in-house expertise in low carbon design and offsite manufacturing, and play our part to address the climate change challenges we all face.  I am delighted to see the collaboration between our design and supply chain partners, local stakeholders and Bracknell Forest Council to deliver this ‘net zero energy building.’  The topping out ceremony gives us the opportunity to celebrate this achievement together.”

Helen Single, Director of Operations, Bracknell Forest, NHS Frimley Health and Care ICS, said: “This topping out ceremony marks a significant landmark on our journey with our partners at Bracknell Forest Council, Binfield Surgery and Osborne to provide sustainable primary and community care services to our patient populations of Binfield and the surrounding areas.”

The Binfield Community and Health Centre is a collaboration between Bracknell Forest Council and Frimley Health and Care ICS, working in partnership with Binfield Parish Council, Binfield GP Surgery and Osborne. The centre will provide two key functions – a community centre and a GP/health centre, with all visitors accessing services through a shared foyer. The facility is due to open in 2023.

Photo credit: Stewart Turkington