Planning permission sought for £8m Aberdeen health centre

A new health and care facility is to be built on Howes Road in Northfield under plans submitted by Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP).

An acre of land next to Orchard Brae and Heathryburn schools has been earmarked for the £8.1 million facility, which would consist of eight consulting rooms for GPs, further rooms for nursing staff and a waiting area for patients.

The proposals also include 18 parking spaces for staff and a further 36 for patients and visitors.

Funding for the development was approved in April and, if approved, the new facility could welcome its first patients in early 2021.

A design statement lodged by JM Architects said the facility would be “user-friendly” and “patient-orientated”.

The report said: “The expectation in new health buildings is that they are much more user-friendly and patient-orientated and that they are de-institutionalised, welcoming and extremely simple to navigate.

“The welfare of staff and their experience of the building is also a central generator for the design solution.

“For the staff this is their workspace, and as such it is important that the building design acknowledges their working practice and enhances their social welfare, given the amount of time they will be in the building and given the often stressful practice they might be involved in.”

The document added: “Howes Road will be the main vehicular access but it does not currently have properly formed kerbs or footpaths that will require to be incorporated into development proposals.

“The site area is expansive and open in nature with views of the countryside to the north, south and west and a mature belt of trees and vegetation to the east.

“Regular local bus services currently serve the schools.

“In this location a health centre development, together with the adjacent Orchard Brae School and Heathryburn School opposite, presents an opportunity to create a community-based campus that would make a significant contribution to and foundation for the Greenferns masterplan.”

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