Work to create a state-of-the-art £1.5m medical centre on the former site of a fire-hit pub in Wellingborough has begun.
The new Queensway Medical Centre is being built on the site of the old Eagle pub in Olympic Way on the Queensway estate.
The Eagle pub stood derelict for two years after the building suffered extensive damage in a fire in 2009.
The fire-hit building was finally knocked down in August last year.
The new centre will replace the existing Queensway Medical Practice in Olympic Way, which was built more than 50 years ago.
The new medical centre building is set to be completed by April next year.
Dr Andrew Wainwright, GP at Queensway Medical Centre, said everyone at the centre was pleased the project had now reached the building stage.
He said: “This new surgery will deliver state-of-the-art facilities for our growing patient population and provide a welcoming and accessible health centre for the local community.
“We aim to provide an environment for patients which is modern, fit for purpose and able to accommodate the growing local patient population.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project – all the staff at the practice, the primary care contracting team and others at the PCT, the architects and builders.”
The new centre is being designed by Maber Architects Leicester with input from Curtins Consulting.
The work is being carried out by Hallam Contracts, which is based in Oadby, Leicestershire.
Thomas Sewell, surveying director at the firm, said the plan was to leave some of the fencing around the site clear so people passing the site and visiting the shops nearby would be able to see the development as it progresses.
He said: “We have been involved since early in the year, we are obviously now at a point where we are starting on site and and we are due to complete in April 2013.
“We are planning to leave two sides of the boundary fencing clear so people can watch it progress.”