Stakeholders get first look tour of £11.5m Darwin Group health hub in progress

Published: 19-Feb-2024

Darwin Group has led an exclusive progress tour around the new £11.5m King’s Lynn Health Hub that is currently under construction

Darwin Group invited over 25 guests to have a ‘first look’ tour of the King’s Lynn Health Hub site in Nar Ouse Way, King’s Lynn. 

The health construction specialists invited representatives of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB).

As well as representatives from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn and Officers and Councillors from Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Work commenced on site in late Autumn 2023

Representatives from NHS Property Services also attended the private tour of the King’s Lynn Health Hub construction site.  

Jim Pierce, Deputy CEO at Darwin Group, said: “We know how important this facility will be for the wider King’s Lynn community, so showing people the progress that has been made so far has been very satisfying.

“It’s not often that so many stakeholders get to see the progress of a project in this way,” Pierce concluded.

Investing in community healthcare 

The Health Hub will house a range of primary care services, a maternity hub and rehabilitation therapy services from the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In addition, the Health Hub will also house over 20 new clinical rooms.

The digitally enabled facility aims to provide modern and fully accessible healthcare to King’s Lynn locals and the people in surrounding areas.

The King’s Lynn Health Hub building has been produced using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

Paul Higham, Director of Primary Care Estates at NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB said “We are delighted with the progress we’re seeing on site and it’s exciting to see this much-needed development finally taking shape.

"This new health hub will provide a range of health services that will help to meet residents’ needs for healthcare services in King’s Lynn now, and to meet the growing demand from the planned expansion of the town.”

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

The King’s Lynn Health Hub building has been produced using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

MMC building structures are manufactured offsite and then installed on-site more quickly than if they were built there. 

This method creates less material waste and reduces the impact on the environment.

Work commenced on site in late Autumn 2023.

Progress over the winter has seen the preparation and installation of the foundations.

As well as the installation of drainage and installation of modular building units. 

Inside, walls have been sprayed with an intelligent membrane to create an airtight building shell. 


Insulation throughout the building has been upgraded.

Triple-glazed windows have been installed to improve thermal performance.

 Air source heat pumps and LED lighting will help to reduce energy consumption.

The building will have an A+ energy performance rating.

Air source heat pumps and LED lighting will help to reduce energy consumption

To support this sustainability goal, the building will be Net Zero Carbon in operation, meaning it will use less energy than it generates.

Net Zero Carbon will also lead to cheaper utility bills and less CO2 emissions.

NHS capital investment in Norfolk and Waveney

The King’s Lynn Health Hub is part of a wider £25.2m NHS capital investment into health and care facilities in Norfolk and Waveney.

The new hub build will continue into the Spring.

The new facility is anticipated to be ready for use in Summer 2024.

Victoria Shaw, Property Development Partner at NHS Property Services, said: “The new healthcare hub will offer people in King’s Lynn and the surrounding areas a sustainable, modern, and fully accessible facility.

"Through NHS Property Services’ partnership with customers, we can assist health professionals in delivering the best possible care to patients in a building designed to meet their needs.”


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