Building services company J Tomlinson has started work on a £1.6 million refurbishment scheme of a unit within the Haymarket Shopping Centre in Leicester.

The project is the first won by J Tomlinson via the Leicester City Council Construction Framework since it secured a place on the framework in April.

It involves the refurbishment and reconfiguration of unit 10 in the shopping centre, which is currently empty and which is to become the new base for sexual health services in the city.

The work will be completed by the commercial refurbishment division of J Tomlinson, which has its head office at Beeston near Nottingham, and operates primarily across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.

J Tomlinson construction director Pete Woods, who heads the refurbishment team, said: “J Tomlinson was very pleased to have secured a place on the Leicester City Council Construction Framework for projects within the £700,000 to £2 million band in April, and are delighted to have been awarded our first job within the framework.

“As a company, J Tomlinson has wide experience of commercial refurbishments, as well as working in the health and care sector. Unit 10 on the first floor of the Haymarket Shopping Centre is a large unit and will be transformed into a modern, bright specialist centre for sexual health, including a number of consulting rooms.”

The project is being funded and undertaken by Leicester City Council. Work got under way earlier this month and is scheduled to finish just before the end of the year. It involves providing new internal partitions, doors and ceilings with associated finishes, and also the provision of new mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to accommodate the revised layout and service provision. The works will meet the clinical commissioning team’s service requirements for a relocated sexual health centre.

Leicester deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health at Leicester City Council, said: “This is the next stage in our plans to invest in Leicester’s sexual health and contraception services and make them more accessible by moving them in to the city centre.

“We are pleased to be working with J Tomlinson on this major project, which will provide brand new facilities for Leicester people at a much more convenient location.”

J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management. The company works in many sectors, including commercial, industrial, health, blue light, heritage, supported living, care home and senior living.

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The CGI is an indicative image of how the new base for sexual health services in Leicester may look.