|Anne Bruce: Journalist||
I have been taking a series of photos as the new £30m White City Collaborative Care Centre, in Bloemfontein Road, London, W12 goes up.
It is something of a totem of social change in the heart of the White City area, apparent since Westfield opened there in 2008.
The building will be one of the most ambitious NHS projects ever, according to the NHS.
It will include a new GP “super-surgery” able to treat up to 25,000 patients, café, and a
mini-supermarket. Some 170 flats are included, 39% “affordable” homes.
Community nursing and health visiting, social work services, speech therapy, mental health services, services for children with disabilities and physiotherapy will all be provided from the new centre as well as dentistry, minor surgery and podiatry.
Sounds great. However many local residents fear that they are being driven out as the area is gentrified. There are also worries about parking provision and whether the local infrastructure, schools and so on can cope.
We moved nearby just as construction was given the go-ahead. My first photos show the site as wasteland last March. I have been taking pictures ever since (well over 100 so far).
The redevelopment has been a long time coming. The Janet Adegoke swimming pool at the site was demolished in August 2003 leaving
behind nothing but rubble surrounded by hoardings. For almost a decade nothing changed.
Redevelopment plans were finally approved in February 2012.
This calls for a slideshow!