Construction work has started on a new medical centre in Church Lane, Goldington.
The new 3,000 sq ft facility is being delivered by Coplan Estates Limited, the council’s development partner for this neighbourhood centre.
The company says it has has transformed a previously notorious location known for anti-social behaviour into a popular and attractive shopping destination.
The centre has seen a substantial upturn in visitors since the opening of a new Aldi food store, new car parking and other works earlier in the project.
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson, who joined the launch of the works, said: “The new medical centre really is fantastic news for the local community. It brings access to vital health services into the heart of the community, and will no doubt be extremely popular with residents who currently have to travel further afield for doctors’ appointments.
“It is more great news for this successful redevelopment, which has bucked the economic trends over recent years and transformed this location and the facilities on offer for local residents.”
The new medical centre is set to be completed this autumn, and once open will provide five consulting rooms and a high specification treatment room that will be able to facilitate minor operations.
Colin McQueston, director of Coplan Estates, said: “We are delighted to have started construction on this important local facility, which is the second phase of the regeneration of this important district centre.
Janice Potter, practice manager of Dr Fenske and Partners said: “The provision of this facility at Church Lane will allow us to provide healthcare services where it is needed, right into the heart of the local community.”
Dr Fenske and Partners’ existing practice at 2 Goldington Road, Bedford, will remain unaffected.