Healthcare facilities investor Octopus Healthcare is planning to build a primary care medical centre in south west London.

The proposals have been backed by Merton CCG with Octopus due to submit its planning application towards the end of the year.

The planned 1,700 sqm three storey building will be based at the Merton Vision charity centre for visually impaired people on Clarendon Road in Colliers Wood.

The proposals are to combine Colliers Wood GP Surgery and its branch Lavender Fields Surgery in Mitcham into a single facility serving up to 12,000 patients and offering a range of primary and secondary care facilities.

The centre will have 13 consulting rooms and four treatment rooms, with hopes the extra capacity will improve waiting times for GP appointments.

Work on the facility is expected to start in summer 2019 for an opening date of autumn 2020.

Tony Coke, primary care business development manager at Octopus Healthcare, said: ‘[We] are very excited to present our plans to the residents of the local area.

‘We’d like to encourage as many local residents and business owners to come along and view our plans for this exceptional new facility.’