NHS Property Services, which owns the former NHS Wesham Offices in Derby Road, Wesham, has made the following statement regarding the future of the building.
Following the decision taken by NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to declare the vacant office building (formerly occupied by the CCG and other tenants) surplus to clinical requirements, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has been tasked to demolish the vacant site. Demolition work is due to start on the site on 8 June 2020 and is anticipated to last for five months.
The site has remained unoccupied since November 2019. The demolition and repurposing of this vacant site will help the NHS make significant savings on running costs and better use of the space.
After the site has been cleared, it is proposed that half of the land will be developed for new clinical use. The local CCG are working with Blackpool Council on plans to develop a new state of the art health centre, which would provide capacity for the two GP practices in Kirkham as well as a variety of community services.
The other half of the site was not determined to be of use for clinical purposes and can be disposed of. The disposal will generate much-needed funds for the local health economy and the NHS.
Phillip Potter, Senior Transaction Manager at NHS Property Services said: “Parts of the site have been unoccupied for a significant period. The repurposing of the site will now enable the local health community to achieve their objectives as well as putting redundant public land back into economic use. The money generated from this part disposal will be reinvested straight back into the NHS”