Plans to create one of the most innovative and exciting health and wellbeing parks in Northern Ireland have moved one step closer after plans were formally submitted to Belfast City Council.
The King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park will be a flagship development in integrated healthcare, setting a new market standard not just in Northern Ireland but across the UK.
The ambitious development will include a next generation GP care facility combining GP services along with the potential for onsite diagnostics including X-ray, ultrasound and near patient care for over 25,000 patients. Discussions are also underway to ensure the facility is equipped to support the training of doctors and nurses; this, alongside new and exciting options for the over 55-plus who want to take control of their senior years, make this a truly unique development.
The site will also deliver much needed options for elderly living including a nursing home, independent living one and two bedroom apartments, bespoke homes for the over-55s as well as retail space, a hotel and a gym facility accessible to residents.
Developers behind this scheme, Benmore Octopus, believe the King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park will set a new standard for integrated health care provision in line with the Bengoa Report which had been launched as part of former Health Minister Michelle O’Neill’s vision for healthcare reform in Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the scheme, David Burrows of Benmore Octopus said: “The King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park is one of the most exciting projects we have been involved in. It will create next generation GP care services for the growing population of South Belfast as well as delivering a range of onsite diagnostic facilities alongside housing options for the over 55-plus.
“We believe the King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park will be a beacon of excellence and a standard bearer for integrated healthcare provision in the city and Northern Ireland going forward. We are confident that the integrated approach we have developed has the potential to reduce healthcare inequalities and deliver better health outcomes for everyone in the local community.”
He added: “Our decision to formally submit plans comes after months of working closely with Belfast City Council, consultees across the health and social care sector including the Health and Social Care Board and local residents. The plan and design we have now submitted reflects the highly collaborative and engaging process we undertook during the pre-application period. We believe this development is something truly special and unique which will have a lasting impact on people’s lives and health in this city.”
The completed development will provide employment for over 500 staff and will have a significant and lasting economic and social impact on the city. Benmore Octopus hope to commence the development in 2018.