Work completes on UK's most-energy-efficient primary care centre

By Jo Makosinski 13-Mar-2023

New -zero Carlisle Healthcare South Hub achieves BREEAM 'Outstanding' sustainability rating

The new primary care centre has been designed to avoid any reliance on fossil fuels

The new primary care centre has been designed to avoid any reliance on fossil fuels

Caddick Construction has completed United Healthcare Developments’ state-of-the-art, four-storey healthcare centre in Carlisle, making it the most-sustainable and energy-efficient primary care centre in the UK. 

Building work at Carlisle Healthcare South Hub, designed by PRP Architects, began in 2021 and has seen the creation of a BREEAM Outstanding-rated development, with a large proportion of the building’s power supplied by renewable energy through rooftop photovoltaic panels. 

Determined to address the energy-intensive needs of primary care facilities, family-run business, United Healthcare Developments, brought forward designs for a more-sustainable healthcare facility. 

The building’s energy performance is rated -3 / A+ making it carbon net zero.

And the building envelope has been uniquely designed to the highest levels of efficiency, negating the need for a traditional heating system and avoiding any reliance on fossil fuels.

In addition, each habitable room has a constant turnover of fresh air, creating a comfortable working environment for the building users. 

David Brown, managing director at United Healthcare Developments, said: “For the unique design of this building to work, and to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding sustainability rating, it was a necessity for all elements of the building construction to be done to the highest quality.”

Ian Threadgold, managing director of Caddick Construction in the North West, added: “This is a flagship scheme, drawing on the raft of experience we have in the healthcare sector.

“The resulting building is a highly-innovative and sustainable development that will prove hugely valuable for patients and healthcare employees across Cumbria.” 

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