CHILDREN have been preserving their special memories as the building of a new health centre takes shape.
Young people in Houghton got together to bury a time capsule which represented their lives in 2011 – and how they think their area will look in 50 years.
The ceremony came as work on the new £21million Houghton Primary Care Centre gathers pace.
The centre recently became the first health building in the UK to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating, which assesses sustainable buildings.
The children, from Burnside Primary School, were joined by the chairman of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, Sue Winfield, as they put details about themselves and their lives into the capsule.
Ms Winfield said: “I was delighted to attend the time capsule ceremony which is a milestone to mark the hard work of all those involved in the development.
“The children and their teachers were so enthusiastic about the project and it was lovely to have them involved at the start of a new health facility from which I hope they will benefit in the future.”
The new centre is next to Houghton Sports Complex and it is hoped that links between health and leisure services will benefit people living in the area.
One of its features is a community garden which is where the capsule has been buried.
Services which will be on offer at the new centre include physiotherapy, a minor surgery suite and X-ray facilities.
More than 20 inpatient beds will also be included at the site for patient rehabilitation.
Ms Winfield said: “The centre provides a one-stop-shop for a variety of healthcare services in a convenient location and is bringing care closer to home for patients offering them more flexible services and saving some a visit to hospital.”
Houghton Sports Complex is also undergoing £2.4million of improvement with the building of a disabled changing area as well as a new Wellness Centre.
Work is due to be completed on the health centre next month, with the refurbishment of the sports complex set to be finished by the autumn.