NHS England has unveiled the “Care for the future: delivering the world’s first net zero health service” photography exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry. The photography exhibition features NHS staff – from pharmacists to surgeons, mental health professionals to health visitors – who have pioneered greener healthcare initiatives for the benefit of their patients and the communities they serve. A GP at Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry, features in this exhibition representing both primary care, the NHS Midlands region and sustainable NHS healthcare facilities.
Coventry, currently in the year of Culture, is hosting the prestigious photo exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in the city centre. The exhibition is on display until 1 June, before it moves on to NHS Trusts across the country for the remainder of 2022.
The exhibition was first displayed at the NHS “Care for the future: delivering the world’s first net zero health service” photography exhibition at COP26 the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in November 2021. The exhibition was viewed by political leaders and delegates from across the globe.
View exhibition online: ‘Care for the future: delivering the world’s first net zero health service’
Portrait Photographer: Justin Lambert
Foleshill Health Centre, Coventry features in the exhibition because it is the first Passivhaus healthcare building in the UK, full of low energy and sustainable solutions while providing excellent care for patients.
Dr Mesbahuddin Syeed, a GP at Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry, features in this exhibition. He said, “We are proud to have the UK’s greenest health building in our local community. It provides a calm and reassuring environment for our patients.”
Culture Coventry was invited to host the nationally recognised exhibition by NHS England, as the city is home to the greenest healthcare building in the UK. Francis Nielsen, Cultural & Creative Director for Culture Coventry Trust said, “This exhibition celebrates the incredible work of NHS staff and highlights how they are leading the way in the fight against climate change. We are delighted to display the works at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum this May.”
Dr Sarah Raistrick, Chair of NHS Coventry and Warwickshire CCG, said “We are incredibly excited that this exhibition which features this fantastic new, energy efficient building, has now come home to our city.”
Foleshill Health Centre – the UK’s first Passivhaus health care building
The £3.3m 619m2 Passivhaus building on Livingstone Road in Foleshill is highly insulated with sustainable innovations including solar panels, triple glazed windows, LED lighting, and a heat recovery system. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, with exceptionally low energy costs. It has an electric car charging point and bicycle storage. The GP surgery has five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms, which opened to patients in August 2021.
Foleshill is an example for the NHS showing what can be done using the most modern, innovative, sustainable volumetric building methods – demonstrating how health buildings can be sustainable in the future. The primary care building has an EPC A rating (12) close to net zero CO2. The health centre is expected to be BREEAM Excellent.
Julian Humphreys Project Lead for Foleshill at CHP, said “Delighted to have led the delivery of the greenest healthcare building in the UK, the building presents an opportunity to demonstrate what can be achieved to improve the energy performance in healthcare buildings and therefore contribute to the wider NET Zero NHS objectives.”
Foleshill Health Centre is a partnership between Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the tenants Foleshill Surgery, a GP practice, part of Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance.
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Foleshill Health Centre delivery partners:
Portakabin (Main contractor), Tooley Foster Architects (Passivhaus experts), AECOM (infrastructure consultants) and Arden Estate Partnerships Limited (development management).
12 May 2022