THE specialist primary healthcare developer, Assura will build the new GP surgery for St Clements practice.

Its identity, which is no longer commercially sensitive, has been revealed as the city council progresses with the Upper Brook Street GP surgery.

As reported, the council’s Cabinet approved Assura as developer. It felt a specialist was best-placed to build what will be a complicated scheme.

Since last February the council has worked with stakeholders including, St Clements and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group to find the most suitable way of delivering a new building.

The project now moves into the final stages of scoping a new internal building design, with construction anticipated to start in spring 2022.

Dr Suzie Burns of St Clements surgery, said: “We are delighted to be progressing the development of a new building for St Clements with the needs of our diverse practice population at the heart of the design.”

Cabinet member for housing and asset management, Cllr Kelsie Learney, added: “It is exciting to see progress of the new city centre GP surgery. Assura are experts in their field and will deliver a first-class facility. The development will help provide better medical care for all Winchester residents.”