Two Rivers Medical Centre opens its doors in Ipswich

A groundbreaking medical facility providing GP services and minor surgery under one roof has opened in Ipswich – the latest project in KLH Architects’ growing healthcare portfolio.

The Two Rivers Medical Centre in Woodbridge Road East is a £6 million state-of-the-art centre merging the former Lattice Barn and Woodbridge Road surgeries.

It includes a pharmacy, 40 consultation and treatment rooms, GP training facilities and a minor operations suite and officially opened last Friday, after KLH spent a year on the project.

The site had a 200-year history, originally serving as a workhouse, then used as barracks before being opened as a medical centre – Ipswich Borough General Infirmary - which was later closed to make way for a homeless shelter.

The site was then cleared before construction of the new build began and now the 2,200 square-metre block has been returned to medical use and will serve more than 25,000 patients in North East Ipswich and the surrounding catchment areas.

It is hoped the centre will save the NHS an estimated £400,000 a year through reduced hospital admissions thanks to the provision of minor surgery on site.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer met with Director of KLH Robert Keeble and Bryan Wybrow, the project architect, along with contractor Barnes and developer Apollo Capital Projects to see the finished space.

He said: “I am delighted that the GPs, practice nurses and staff of Two Rivers Medical Practice now have a fantastic new centre from which to serve patients. This state-of-the-art medical centre will provide patients in North East Ipswich with a range of integrated services under one roof”.

The project has featured a tie-up with local artists and includes children’s waiting room benches designed by Tim Germain, and Woodbridge-based artist Mark Beasley’s paintings and mural adorning the walls.

The site is expected to become a blueprint for future medical facility developments.

Director of KLH Robert Keeble said: “We are extremely proud to have been an instrumental part in designing this space which will serve the community for many generations to come as well as save the NHS money.”

“We have worked on a number of healthcare projects and are delighted to be able to add to this portfolio of work”.

Other healthcare projects KLH Architects have been responsible for include Ipswich Hospital, West Suffolk and Colchester Hospitals, the Leiston Clinic and the Plum Pudding Care Home at Baylham.

KLH also designed a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Essex providing 25 patient ensuite bedrooms alongside an integrated five classroom school facility, a games court, courtyards and therapeutic spaces in a low carbon building with sustainable energy generation.

Photo credit: Ipswich Borough Council

In addition, KLH Architects worked on PICU Hellesdon Hospital, a new building on an existing hospital site providing 22 patients ensuite bedrooms for psychiatric intensive care with low secure unit. The building was designed to be low carbon use and included a ground source heat pump, under floor heating system and photovoltaic panels.

Two Rivers Medical Centre

The site is expected to become a blueprint for future medical facility developments.