As well as a new state of the art health centre, @Loudoun is home to a new Culture and Media Centre, three social enterprise units and Cardiff Council’s BEST and Hub information services.
The new Butetown Health Centre provides the local community with a whole host of services under one roof, including two GP practices and a dental practice, all with extra capacity for additional patients. The primary care element of this facility also includes an integral community pharmacy.
Community health services are also available including a dental surgery, District Nursing, Health Visiting, Child Health, Podiatry, Dietetics, Audiology, Sexual Health and Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia services.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths will attend the official opening and welcomes the provision of the new integrated health centre. She said:
"Health services are at the heart of this excellent community development. @Loudoun won’t just deliver economic and social benefits, but a range of high quality, accessible health services, working together to serve the needs of the local community."
The project is a collaboration between Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA), Cardiff Council and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Paul Hollard, Interim Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) added:
"I am delighted that the UHB has able to provide such a comprehensive range of primary and community health services for the residents of Butetown, in one facility, @Loudoun. This is the culmination of a major work programme across a number of partners and I am extremely grateful to all those who have worked so hard on this project to make the vision a reality. "
Kevin Protheroe, Chief Executive of CCHA said: "The opening of @Loudoun is significant for all partners involved, especially the local community.
They now have access to high quality health, information and recreational services all under one roof. Our new culture and media centre offers free weekly film screenings for local residents, access to creative projects, space for community group activities and meeting and training rooms. We firmly believe that @Loudoun will have a big impact on the regeneration of Loudoun Square."
Council services are also available including ‘The Hub at Butetown’, a 'one stop shop' for Council services located on the ground floor and the BEST centre, a training and enterprise service which provides help for jobseekers to find or train for work and career advice and guidance for those in or out of work on the first floor.
Work on the three-year scheme started in June 2010 following four years of community consultation and planning. The area was first developed in the1960s but had declined in recent years.
The final phase of the project involves the demolition of the dilapidated 1960’s Butetown health centre and completion of 48 apartments, 13 of which are specifically designed for disabled people and is due for completion in March 2013.