Galliford Try has begun work on a 35,500 sq ft health centre scheme in Sudbury, which had been delayed since autumn 2012.
The new building is one of the first to be developed by NHS Property Services Ltd – the organisation set up to manage and run NHS buildings, facilities and estates previously owned by primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.
Assura is developing the property, which will see a number of local services consolidated in one place.
Completion is expected by summer 2014.
Assura Group development manager Simon Gould said: “Getting the first spade in the ground is always a momentous occasion, particularly for a development of this scale and importance.
“We are looking forward to seeing the progression of this project over the coming months and hope that it will demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating services.”
The project was restarted through a partnership between the local community, Sudbury ad Locality Implementation Group, Assura Group, NHS commissioners, Sudbury WATCH and the town council.
NHS Property Services is working with partners to plan the transfer of services into the new facility in 2014.
Propco will hold the head lease and manage the new building once it is completed.
Assura Group will act as both developer and investor for the project. Murphy Philipps Architects has designed the building.
Propco Midlands and East regional director Martin Royal said: “This project will see a community provided with a state-of-the-art, modern, purpose-built health centre, which will bring together a range of NHS services in high-quality facilities that meet local health needs.
“As one of the first new NHS facilities to be delivered by NHS Property Services, it will be a testament to the commitment we have made to work with local communities to improve patient care by providing safe, efficient and well-maintained NHS buildings and facilities.
“I would like to thank the local community and our predecessor NHS organisations who worked tirelessly for many years to bring this project to fruition.
“Working closely with our contractors through our local Property Services team, we will ensure it is delivered to a high standard and meets the needs and expectations of the staff who will work within it and the patients who will access its facilities in the future.”