THIS is the £20 million health centre which will make Aldershot the envy of towns throughout the country.

Situated on former army land at Hospital Hill, it will be the biggest in Britain and as large as many community hospitals.

The computer graphic was provided by Wilky Healthcare Centres which has been contracted to build and operate the new facility in partnership with the NHS.

Construction work on the 120,000 sq ft centre is due to start next Spring and be completed in the second half of 2004.

It will provide "frontline" healthcare for about 45,000 local residents, as well as specialist services for around 250,000 people living in an area stretching from Farnham to Camberley.

The centre is expected to house up to 15 GPs, as well as dentists and a wide range of specialist clinics and consulting facilities.

A pharmacy, coffee shop-convenience store, an optician, a sports injury clinic and a health a fitness suite will also be included in the centre.

Frimley Park Hospital will have outpatient facilities in the three-storey building, and additional space will be offered to private sector healthcare companies.

The army will also lease part of the centre as a replacement for its outdated medical facilities in the military town.

Wilky has offered to donate rent free space for a minor injuries unit as a gesture of goodwill towards the local community, and to help the NHS overcome any lack of funding for this service.

Under a new style partnership, rents charged by Wilky to the NHS for the facilities cannot rise by more than a pre-agreed maximum each year.

"As a result, the NHS is being offered certainty of future costs," said a spokesman.