Work on a new long awaited health hub is nearing completion.

The Horwich Health Hub was first proposed back in 2016, with progress on the facility a long-debated point ever since.

The building on Church Street, Horwich is now nearing completion, with windows and other internal work being done.

Cllr David Grant, of Horwich South and Blackrod, said: “We’ve always believed that a better place for it would have been a more central location but it's still a welcome development.

“It’s disappointing that it’s been downsized from a health centre to a health hub but it's always positive to have more health services for people in the town.”

The Bolton News: An artist's impression of the finished health hubAn artist's impression of the finished health hub (Image: Bolton Council)

Cllr Grant said that he understood that a contractor had been appointed to work on the car park at the health hub and that it was still on schedule to be opened when planned.

The health hub was first proposed to replace three existing practices across Horwich and when complete will be made up of two GP surgeries.

This will also include several diagnostics suits, a pharmacy and specialist clinics for mental health and physiotherapy.

Having first been proposed in 2016, work on the hub eventually got underway in January 2023 and is now set to be finished soon.

In March this year Bolton Council approved funding for £650,000 for the hub’s new car park, which is expected to have places for up to 100 cars.

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Bolton West MP Chris Green had visited the site recently to see how work was progressing on the building site.

He said: “The Horwich Health Hub is making good progress now, you can see all the walls being installed, you can see that the internal fittings are now being installed as well.

“So I’m really looking forward to later this year the hub being opened up and providing those services that we all look forward to using.”

Building work on the hub is expected to be completed by this summer with the car park following suit by the end of the year.