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Historic Tiverton GP surgery to be extended

Work has begun on a £1.5 million extension and refurbishment project to a Grade II listed GP medical practice in Tiverton, Devon.

Clare House Surgery, which looks after more than 10,000 patients every year, is set to get a 4,111 sq ft extension, in a bid to take on a larger role in the community. The additional space will comprise 10 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms and a minor operations room.

The works, to be delivered by Barnstaple-based contractor Morgan Sindall, and project managed by Exeter-based Haldons Construction Consultants, will provide significantly improved premises fit for the 21st century.

The practice was founded in 1932 and currently has around 40 staff, eight partners and three associate GPs. The surgery is also involved in medical training.

Some archaeological works were undertaken at the site prior to work beginning due to the historical significance of the area. The house was once the site of a religious premises which was destroyed around the time of the siege of Tiverton Castle during the Civil War.

Linda Bent, business manager at Clare House Surgery, said: “We have needed to extend the surgery premises for quite some time, so we are thrilled to see work beginning and are looking forward to seeing it take shape over the coming months. The new extension and refurbishment programme will provide modern purpose built facilities for the continuing standard of care that patients of Clare House regard so highly.”

Chris Spear, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “Serving so many people in the community, Clare House is a vital facility in Tiverton and the surrounding area. The enlarging of this surgery will allow the practice to continue providing its many patients with the care they need. The Morgan Sindall team has a wealth of experience in the medical sector and are pleased to be able to use these skills on this important project.”

Mark Coton, director for Haldons Construction Consultants, said: “The surgery is surrounded by other listed buildings, so Barnstaple architect, Jerry Kent, has ensured the design of the extension at Clare House is sympathetic to the historic surroundings as well as the original house. We are all pleased to be finally starting work on this much needed project.”

The work is due to complete in the summer of 2013.

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For more information about this news release please contact Meg Binns and Jo Bishop at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email binns@paversmith.co.uk / bishop@paversmith.co.uk.