COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust has awarded a contract to construction company Stepnell to design and build a £3.9m medical centre in Chesham.

Working alongside specialist primary care centre developer Brackley Investments, Stepnell will build a two-storey medical centre on a former brownfield site in Berkhamsted Road. The company will demolish existing industrial units to make way for the new 1,849m² building, which will house a variety of medical facilities, including a 120m² pharmacy.

The centre, to be known as Chesham Healthzone, will incorporate sustainable technology including high-performance windows with specially-designed louvred shutters to provide “night purging” – a technique which sees low temperature night air being used to naturally cool and ventilate buildings.

Work on the project is due to be completed in autumn 2011.

NHS Buckinghamshire director of strategy and planning Richard Mills said: “We’re pleased to be working with Brackley Investments and Stepnell to provide this state-of-the-art facility in Chesham.

“The completed Chesham Healthzone will be a positive development for the town and will enable residents to access a wider range of services, such as those supporting the management of long-term conditions, closer to home.”