The construction of a large health centre in south Walworth will start in early 2019, providing a key anchor facility in the new neighbourhood development.
Developed through a partnership with housing association Notting Hill Genesis and Southwark Council, the new centre is one of a mix of community facilities to be brought forward as part of the Aylesbury estate regeneration, at the 1-ha former Amersham site.
It will include an early years' nursery, library, public open space as well as a range of homes and retail units including a cafe and pharmacy.
Designed by Duggan Morris Architects (DMA), the centre will be managed jointly by local GP practice, Nexus@Aylesbury Medical Centre (AMC), Guy’s and St Thomas' (GSTT) Community Health, with assistance from NHS Southwark Clinical Commission Group (CCG).
Both facilities are currently located in the area, adjacent Taplow House. Dr Neal Murphy, GP at Nexus@Aylesbury Medical Centre, said: "The design and function of the building will serve our patients and the healthcare staff who care for them very well."
The relocated facilities are set to meet the expanding population and to provide a wider range of services.
Malcolm Hines, chief finance officer at NHS Southwark CCG and the senior responsible officer for the project, said: "The building will, in the future, be able to offer a wide range of services to a significantly increased population in the area."
Southwark Council has bought Courage Yard on Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge, which it will redevelop to generate income for frontline services.