The demolition of St Georges Hall on Lapstone Road in Millom is underway in order to make way for a much needed hospital car park.
The newly purchased land along with the current front of hospital parking will house 25 car parking spaces, including disabled parking. The car park will be free of charge to those using the hospital building and will provide improved access for vehicles and pedestrians.
Dr John Howarth from Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust said:
‘The demolition of St Georges Hall to create car parking spaces is just the first step in the redevelopment of the site which will include new consulting rooms for the doctors and nurses at the GP practice.’ tweet
Contractors began carefully dismantling the hall once it was confirmed that the site was not home to any protected species. Also the landscape plans including the choice of plants and trees for the new car park have been drawn up to ensure appropriate cover for wildlife.
In order to preserve parts of the hall a number of local residents have requested and secured parts of it such as the old stage floor and the sandstone arch from the main wall. Additionally the foundation stone, set to come down in the near future, will be kept and built into an appropriate part of the GP extension facilities.
Jenny Brumby from The Millom Health Action Group said:
‘The Community of Millom although sad to see St George’s Hall coming down are happy that it has been put to good use with a new carpark for our GPs Surgery and Community Hospital. We are proud to work within the Millom Alliance to create a better Health Service for our town.’ tweet
The refurbishment of the site is a slow process due to its location on the main road and the importance of ensuring safe access for the ambulance service.
Pauline Preston from Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust said:
‘As both a staff member and local resident it’s great to see progress, it will really make a difference in ensuring both staff and patients have safe and secure access to this community hub.’ tweet
The contractors continue to meet every fortnight in order to provide staff with the continuous updates on the progression of this exciting project.