Grove View Integrated Health and Care Hub and Grove View Apartments

Our plans for the Grove View Integrated Health and Care Hub and Grove View Apartments

Artist's impression of Dunstable hub, showing a footpath through the site.

We're providing a new integrated health and care hub, alongside new homes, on the site behind GO Bowling off Court Drive in Dunstable.

This exciting development is a landmark site for us, as it is the first in a wider programme of new hubs to enable us to provide better care locally in Central Bedfordshire, through our NHS partners.

The site will also provide 98 modern, contemporary homes for shared ownership and affordable rent for people over the age of 55.

It is just one of many investments we have been making to improve Dunstable, including high street improvements, the new leisure centre and library at the Dunstable Centre, and the new Creasey Park sports facilities.

Plans for the integrated health and care hub

Artist's impression of outside space at Dunstable hub

The brand new development will be a ‘one stop’ hub where people can access high-quality care and services seven days a week close to where they live making it more accessible, convenient and easier for our residents to use. It will bring together a mix of health and care professionals in a single location to promote more joined-up working between the NHS, the council and voluntary and community sectors.

It plays an important part of our wider plan to provide Better Care Locally, which has the overall aims of:

  • helping all our residents to stay healthy and well
  • enabling the provision of health and care services, in the right places, when they are needed by local people
  • reducing pressure on hospitals so they can focus on the areas of specialist care – so that people can access a wider range of services out of hospital settings

The Dunstable site will be a brand new, modern development that will provide joined-up health and care services for the residents of Dunstable and surrounding villages.

We are working with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the BLMK Clinical Commissioning Group, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire Services NHS Trust and primary care networks to achieve this vision for improving the health and wellbeing of our residents, through greater integration and partnership working.

Once the development is complete, the many facilities, health and care services will include:

Range of Services

  • Extended GP services on a 24-hours, seven days a week
  • Enhanced services delivered by and across practices, including services to support patients with long-term conditions
  • Face-to-face out of hours consultations
  • Community and mental health services
  • Social care services - adults and children/ social workers and occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation and reablement services
  • Outreach services from local acute hospitals and specialist services, e.g. outpatient appointments and other specialist consultations
  • Less complex diagnostics
  • Public Health and prevention services, e.g. smoking cessation, NHS Health Checks, lifestyle hubs • Wellbeing Services and community mental health services
  • Voluntary and carer support services
  • Social Prescribing
  • Podiatry
  • Dentistry

To get a feel for how the integrated health and care hub will look when it's complete, take a look at this fly-through video:

 

A unique opportunity

This is a council-funded £43 million development underpinned by £3.634m of Homes England grant funding and a £6.2m contribution from the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Here is a time-lapse video showing progress on construction to November 2022.

Social value

Social Value is important to Central Bedfordshire Council. It is embedded in our Vision 2050, Economic Strategy, and Sustainability plan. We want diverse and flourishing local businesses, local resources, and products to be used, skills for future generations and to grow a culture of innovation.

Our construction partner Willmott Dixon is a certified Considerate Construction Partner and has committed four million pounds of social value contribution to the Grove View Project. They have provided commercial opportunities to local businesses and job opportunities and training to local people through their Building Lives Academy and their Get into Construction with the Prince’s Trust courses for people facing barriers to employment, education, and training.

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