Work begins on £3.4m project at Cockenzie medical practice

CONSTRUCTION work has commenced on a refurbishment and extension of The Harbours Medical Practice in the East Lothian village of Cockenzie.

The £3.4 million project will see a full refurbishment and 400 square metre extension of the practice, which is being delivered by hub South East and carried out by Morrison Construction Building Central.

The works are scheduled for completion in Autumn 2022, with hub South East saying that the facility will meet the needs of the growing population in the Cockenzie and Port Seton area, as well as the demand for a wider range of services.

Construction will be managed to allow the existing practice to remain operational as usual by working in two phases. The first phase will see the completion of a new build extension to the rear of the existing building and once the surgery moves into this new area, the refurbishment of the original building, dating back to 1980, will begin.

Once plans are complete there will be additional consulting rooms and treatment rooms and the existing building will be refurbished throughout so that clinical services can be delivered in an environment which is appropriate and fit for purpose.

Kenny Campbell, hub South East’s development manager, said, “I’m delighted, after a great deal of work from all partners in the background in the planning and design of this project, that we are now marking the start of construction on the works on site.

“We have an excellent track record in delivering modern healthcare facilities in the area, having recently completed the award-winning East Lothian Community Hospital, and we look forward to continuing this positive working relationship with both NHS Lothian and the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership as we make the plans for Harbours Medical Practice, a reality.”

Eddie Robertson, MD of Morrison Construction Building Central, added, “Our business has a strong track record in delivering first-class primary care facilities for the NHS throughout Scotland. We are delighted to continue our relationship with NHS Lothian and look forward to creating a high-quality building that enables all the stakeholders to deliver vital services for local people.”