Pioneering hub in Gorton welcomes community as doors open for the first time

Exterior shot of the new Gorton Hub community, health and learning hub off Hyde Road, Gorton

The first group of organisations will begin serving local people next week (Tuesday 15 November) as the new community, integrated health and learning hub is completed.

The Gorton Hub on Garrett Way (off Hyde Road) will bring together a range of local services under the same roof for the first time, creating a one-stop-shop for local people to access a GP, health and social care services, employment support, cafe and a new Gorton library – all in a purpose built, highly accessible development.

Currently these services are delivered in different parts of the local neighbourhood, while the new hub will allow residents to access different support services much more easily, while also creating a new welcoming community space within the building.  

Each of the services will open to the public in a phased way through to January 2023.

  • A vibrant and modern library and learning space (Tuesday 15 November) 
  • NHS community health teams, such as district nurses, health visitors and physios – and will include treatment rooms for both children and adults (Tuesday 15 November) 
  • Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) (Tuesday 15 November) 
  • Jobcentre Plus (from Monday 21 November)

 

Further services moving into the hub, include: 

  • a new home for the Gorton Medical Centre GP practice 
  • a pharmacy 
  • A new café 
  • Working with One Manchester to bring a housing office to the Hub 

Detailed opening information for these organisations will be confirmed shortly.

 

The Hub building will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Each of the services operating from the Hub will have varied opening times.*

Address: Gorton Hub, 27 Garratt Way, M18 8HE  

 

Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of the Council, said: 

“This is a momentous moment for the Gorton community as we welcome the first fully integrated space where health, social care, Council services, adult education and housing have been brought together. 

“This isn’t just about convenience of visiting one place to access all of these support services, but it’s based on the understanding that all of these services are interconnected. Housing and good health, good employment, education and social care. Our residents need all of these things to work together to lead happy, healthy and prosperous lives.  

“This is why the Gorton Hub is so innovative. It helps us all think a bit differently about the support we need and will allow our residents to access those services more easily - each behind a single front door. 

“If you’re local to Gorton then this is your community space. So please drop in and take a look.” 

 

Janet O’Reilly, DWP Senior Operations Leader for Greater Manchester, said:  

“We are delighted to join Gorton Hub, which brings together jobs support and a wide range of health, social care and community services under one roof, making it easier for residents in Gorton to access joined-up support. 

“This new collaborative space will provide the Jobcentre with a more modern, greener environment to help the community and our work coaches look forward to welcoming all.”  

Social Value: Giving Back to the Local Community  

Social Value is the way large developments can give back and provide extra investment into the communities they are building in.  

This includes: Over £10,000 and 200 volunteering hours with local community groups

  • Innovation applied at design stage resulted in savings of 561tCO₂e embodied carbon within the steel frame of the building 
  • An ongoing partnership with Ryder Brow Allotments, who provide NHS funded ‘gardening on prescription’ by Sow the City for all ages and backgrounds. The project has provided volunteering, charitable donations, carbon literacy training and repair/landscaping works. 
  • Repairs, refurbishment and fundraising for a local food sharing programme (Gorton Community Grocer) 
  • Donations of meat, easter eggs, Christmas presents and toys via community group, the Oasis Centre 
  • Hosting a Getting Connected employment event for refugees and asylum seekers with Rainbow Haven 
  • Created two Skills Construction Centre Traineeships 
  • Engagement with local schools to raise aspirations, promote inclusivity and future careers 
  • Developed Gorton Hub branding and artwork for the site hoardings. The design is based on engagement with the Gorton History Group and celebrates local heritage and culture 

 

Shaun Jones, North West area director for Morgan Sindall Construction said:  

“Community projects are at the heart of what we do here at Morgan Sindall Construction. Gorton is a vibrant area with a wealth of great community organisations who have local people at the heart of what they do.  

“It’s been a pleasure working so closely with the city council to maximise the positive impact the Gorton Hub will bring. Together, we have created £16m of social value, which is absolutely phenomenal and will leave a legacy in Gorton for years to come - we’re looking forward to seeing the local and economic growth that follows.”

 

*Opening times for library: 

  • Monday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm 

  • Tuesday 1pm to 8pm 

  • Wednesday closed 

  • Thursday 10am-8pm 

  • Friday 10-1pm Self service / 1pm to 5pm

 

*Jobcentre opening times are 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (Wednesday 10am to 5pm) 

 

 

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