Landlord Primary Health Properties eyes empty retail sites for new health centres – Evening Standard

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he landlord behind a empire of GP surgeries is mooting opening health centres on the high street by redeveloping some former retail sites.

Harry Hyman is chief executive of Primary Health Properties, which owns a £2.6 billion property portfolio in the UK and Ireland. He told the Evening Standard the firm has had some “exploratory talks” about repurposing some vacant retail sites.

More vacant sites are expected to come in and around malls, and on the high street, in the coming years as some retailers potentially reduce estate sizes following Covid-19 disruption and ever increasing competition from online rivals.

Hyman said: “We continue to see demand for extra space to help enable the redirection of activities out of hospitals. The need for modern, integrated, local primary healthcare facilities is becoming ever more pressing in order to relieve the pressures being placed on hospitals

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