​​Stage 3 - Developing our plans​


What was the outcome of the consultation?

We agreed plans for improving health services in and around Dulwich at our Governing Body meeting held on 12 September 2013. Based on what local people told us, we are planning the development of a large new health centre which will accommodate improved primary and community health services on the Dulwich Hospital site. Our goal is to improve community services and make them more accessible, joined up and convenient for patients.

Read more about the consultation and the outcomes at the bottom of this page.

Progress since then

Since September 2013 we have refined the list of services in accordance with the results of the consultation, and calculated how many patients we need the health centre to accommodate. That has helped us to determine how big it needs to be, and how big a site it needs to be built on. These calculations were carried out using current service activity, assessments of likely future activity and population changes.

We also went through a formal process to look objectively at all the possible locations for the health centre. This included including refurbishments and new builds on the Dulwich Hospital site and also looking to see if there was anywhere else in the area the health centre could sensibly be located. We analysed each option to see what the financial implications of each would be, and also what the non-financial benefits of each would be. Financial implications include the cost of building and the cost of maintenance over the life of the building. Non-financial benefits include things like accessibility, how easy and quick it would be to build, and whether it would easily deliver the services we need, including space for future growth. The conclusion was that a new build on the south-east corner of the Dulwich Hospital site represented best value for public money. This was then formally approved by NHS England and NHS Property Services.

Another formal decision made has been about how this building is to be funded, and this was based on an analysis of the different options. These options included using Department of Health money (a ‘capital-funded scheme’) or through our local LIFT (development) partner, which would be funded through the CCG paying annual rent on the property. We needed to be sure that we are doing this in a way that is best value. The Department of Health made the final decision, and decided that it would be a LIFT scheme, built by South London Health Partnership, our local LIFT partner.

Discussions about the wider site

The part of the site not required for health services in the longer term has been purchased by the Education Funding Agency, and the Charter Schools Trust will be developing a secondary school on the site. This will be a phased process, as the services currently in the hospital need to stay there until the new centre is built.

Latest developments

The Stage One business case for the new Dulwich Health Centre was approved in March 2017. The Stage Two (final) business case was approved on the 20 March 2018 by the NHS National Investment Committee. We are now working to financial close (when the final paperwork is signed) and work is expected to start on site at the end of April 2018.

In the past few months the project team has:

  • Agreed a maximum construction price for the building;
  • Confirmed that the building will be compliant with the technical specification (this includes infection control, DDA compliance and the appropriate design and quality guidance on health buildings);
  • Confirmed that the building represents value for money;
  • Completed and agreed the detailed design of the building and agreed some minor design changes with the planning team in the council;
  • Fulfilled all the requirements for our planning permission.

We are now working on the final details of:

  • The legal agreements between all the various parties;
  • The lease arrangements with the organisations who will be occupying the building.

The team continue to work closely with the secondary school project to co-ordinate activities. The school project is now underway and is due to complete their first phase in the winter of 2018. The CCG and the school project did a joint presentation at the January Dulwich Community Council which you can view here.

There were two public events where local people had the chance to see some of the initial proposals for the designs of the health centre and school. The public display from those events are also available here.

The next phase of the project is about to begin, and there will be regular updates on progress to local residents as well as information on this website.

We will continue to update this page with programme developments. If you want to find out more please contact SOUCCG.southwark-ccg@nhs.net, where you can ask to be added to our stakeholder database.