The Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa is planned to replace the old Llanederyn Health Centre. As you may have seen, the area is being extensively regenerated by Cardiff Council, with new housing and the extension of The Powerhouse to accommodate the police office, library and community cafe.
Thanks to a £14 million pound investment from Welsh Government, construction started on the new Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa from Monday 15 February.
The new centre is being built onto the current Council Powerhouse Community Hub so it makes use of the services provided from the Powerhouse with a community café, shared community rooms and an advice area, where health, local authority and third sector groups can provide advice, education and wellbeing services. Having the new Wellbeing Hub and existing Powerhouse Community Hub physically connected and sharing the space integrates both health and community services and provides a multi-functional service for patients, staff and the local community of Llandeyrn, as set out in Cardiff's Wellbeing Plan.
*UPDATE* 05.03.21: We know how important the multi-use games area is for residents of Maelfa. That's why the first part of the Wellbeing Hub@Maelfa to be built will be a new, permanent games area at the bottom of the hill by the play park, opening early June. For more information, click on 'Serving Patients and Local Residents' below.
The site is in a sustainable location with a broad range of services and facilities within close proximity, such as the amenities located in the adjoining Powerhouse Community Hub, encouraging linked trips and reducing the need to travel. Despite this, the scheme has a travel plan which was approved as part of the planning application in 2019, which provides more detail on Active Travel.
The Maelfa area is well served by public transport and due to the recent regeneration of the Maelfa Centre, has enhanced bus stop facilities on Llanedeyrn drive. There are two new modern bus shelters which are a short walk from the proposed health and wellbeing hub, at around 120metres away. Services are provided by Cardiff Bus and Nat Group and run frequently to Hollybush, Pentwyn, Llanedeyrn, Albany Road and Cardiff City Centre.
For those cycling to the Hub there are both secure public and staff cycle parking facilities on site. The Hub is also well connected to the surrounding residential areas through the existing pedestrian and cycle routes; many of these routes have recently been upgraded as part of the wider regeneration of the area. The routes are well lit and contain dropped kerbs for ease of access for push chairs, wheelchairs or those with mobility difficulties. The scheme will also be providing enhanced routes from housing areas through the landscaped area at the rear of the site. In addition, there are two new pedestrian crossings on Llanedeyrn Drive providing safe access for pedestrians.
The main external approach to the Wellbeing Hub will be provided with level access and ramps which comply with relevant Building Regulations.
In addition, there will be free car parking on site with approximately 20 parking spaces and six accessible parking spaces. 40 additional spaces will be made available on the site of the current Llanedeyrn Health Centre site after demolition. However, these car parking spaces are shared between the Hub, the Powerhouse and the police.
The new centre, which will also replace the Llanedeyrn Health Centre, will serve patients of Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn from October 2022 when construction is expected to finish. Llan Healthcare will continue to operate from the Llanedeyrn Health Centre and Llanrumney Medical Group while building work is ongoing.
The Hub not only boasts additional clinical space in the form of 15 consulting rooms, six treatment rooms and four interview rooms but it will also house a range of specialised health clinics including support services for children and younger people, antenatal care and counselling.
As part of the new development, a replacement, permanent multi-use games area will be constructed at the bottom of the hill next to the play park and opening early June.
The development supports Welsh Government’s strategy to strengthen and expand the availability of local primary, community and intermediate care services closer to home and out of the hospital, something that is echoed in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s ‘Shaping our Future Wellbeing’ 10 year strategy.
We are doing Equality and Health Impact Assessments (EHIA) when developing these plans. This will make sure that we have considered the impact on people with protected characteristics and meet the statutory and mandatory requirements including those of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act that places a wellbeing duty on public bodies in Wales. You can see the working document here as we develop them throughout the project.
We are engaging with stakeholders as we implement the Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Strategy. We know that significant engagement has already been undertaken, the outcomes of which continue to shape our plans to transform the way we deliver services within our communities. To learn about our engagement so far, visit our Engagement Pages for more information.
Abigail Harris, executive director of strategic planning from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “We’re pleased that work will start imminently on this new development which not only serves the current Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn patients but will hopefully meet the needs of future residents.
“We recognise the need for a modern, fit-for-purpose building to serve the local community that not only provides medical healthcare services but provides an open and welcoming space for wellbeing, physical and social activities. The Hub will host a range health and wellbeing services under one roof so it’s suitable for the public.”
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “Our £14 million investment will help improve access to a range of healthcare services closer to home for people living in Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn.
“I welcome the beginning of construction of the Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa which will help to ensure that Cardiff and Vale University Health Board will continue to support its residents for years to come.”
Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said: “The Council and UHB are both committed to the integrating and modernising health and community services and facilities for the benefit of Cardiff residents. The Maelfa Wellbeing Hub provides an excellent opportunity to deliver on this commitment and I look forward to seeing their exciting development progress.”
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “The Council's Community Hubs programme has joined-up service provision and partnership working in priority neighbourhoods at its heart so I’m delighted to see these principles being extended further, to enhance services at the Powerhouse and further contribute to the regeneration the Maelfa area for the community.”
Dr Roger Morris from Llan Healthcare said: “The partners and staff at Llan Healthcare are delighted and really excited about the new Wellbeing Hub in Llanedeyrn. It will provide modern healthcare facilities to address the healthcare needs of the local population, including patients with disabilities.
“The integration with other local services will allow us to enhance the high quality patient care offered by Llan Healthcare. The integrated areas including the Café and community facilities will provide an attractive and welcoming environment for our patients and staff.”