A LONG-empty Winchester office block is set to reopen as a new health centre in January 2015.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has taken the lease on Avalon House, in Chesil Street.

Councillor Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for environment, health and wellbeing, told Cabinet yesterday about Southern’s plans to build a “health and wellbeing hub” in the centre of Winchester.

She said it would be a base for a range of services including community nurses, health visitors, mental health teams and children’s services.

Avalon House is the former Winchester City Council planning office and has been vacant since 2007.