The Urgent Care Centre is a partnership between a number of NHS organisations and Local Authorities in the Blackpool area, giving patients better access to immediate diagnosis and treatment, whilst relieving pressure on the Emergency department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The Centre comprises some 1500m2 of refurbished internal accommodation and 320m2 of new-build accommodation.
The building is a prominent landmark, attracting patients to its own entrance rather than the one intended for use by ambulances. This aim has already been realised with glazed extension forming an impressive main entrance to the Emergency department. Once inside, the interior design exerts a calming influence, with special provision for children. An existing historic clock tower on the site was rebuilt close to the building to provide a landmark for people coming to the facility.