Side view of Foleshill Health Centre

CHP shortlisted for three awards at Healthcare Estates (IHEEM) awards

The team at CHP have been shortlisted for three awards at the prestigious Health Care Estates IHEEM ceremony on 19 October in Manchester or online.

These awards celebrate engineering excellence and CHP have been nominated in the categories of ‘Best New Build Project of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Achievement’ for the Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry.  In addition, more than 90 staff in the Property and Development teams at CHP are jointly shortlisted for the ‘Estates and Facilities Team’ Award.

The award ceremony is hosted by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) who are an independent professional body providing guidance and development opportunities for staff at public and private healthcare organisations, architectural, construction, and facilities management teams.

Eugene Prinsloo, Developments Director and Julian Humphreys, Programme Manager at CHP talked about the Foleshill Health Centre on Monday 18 October 15.20-16.30 as part of the ‘Sustainability section within the ‘Hospitals of the Future’ theme at the Health Care Estates Conference.

Estates and Facilities Team Award

Alongside flexing our primary care estate to meet NHS needs during the pandemic, Community Health Partnerships has successfully delivered a succession of major projects, finding positive solutions to recent challenges. We have boosted our commitment to sustainability and flexibility while continuing to provide the right environment for health and wellbeing services based in communities with high health needs.

Owned by DHSC, CHP are responsible for 310 primary care health buildings (5% of the NHS estate), and have proved flexible and resilient – delivering new builds, variations and refurbishments, while continuing to provide effective buildings management, including Hard and SoftFM.

“It has been a tough year for so many people, but the can-do attitude of our teams in Developments and Property, working together has delivered on so many fronts.” said Malcolm Twite, CHP’s Executive Director, Property Performance.  “Alongside our customers, delivering major building alterations for new services to flexing the estate as required to deliver vaccinations. It is fantastic all this is recognised in being shortlisted.”

Earlier in the year CHP and NHS Property Services jointly won the national One Team Award in the Government Property Awards 2021. Read more: CHP and NHSPS win government One Team award (28 April 2021).

Find out more about the CHP capital investment plan for 2021/22 – CHP makes great progress on the ambitious capital expenditure programme (2 July 2021).

Foleshill HC east side white render black windows with sun shading Brise soleil
Foleshill Health Centre – East side with sun shading around the windows.

Foleshill Health Centre

Shortlisted for Best New Build Project of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Achievement’ Awards

Foleshill Health Centre is the first, and only, British health care building awaiting certification to the globally recognised Passivhaus standard for building energy performance.  CHP chose the Passivhaus approach for its overall sustainability ethos with low running costs and health benefits.

The £3.3 million project is a partnership between CHP and NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  The Centre is a high-quality, innovative building for GPs, primary care staff and patients.  It has five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms, serving an area of Coventry with high health needs.

Completed in June 2021, the GP team from Foleshill Surgery, part of Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance, moved into the state-of-the-art building and started treating patients in mid-August 2021.

Side view of Foleshill Health Centre show
Foleshill Health Centre from the West


Sustainabilable Achievement Award – Leading the way for sustainable healthcare in the UK

As the UK’s first health centre built to meet Passivhaus standards, Foleshill leads the way for carbon emissions reduction in this type of building and demonstrates its potential for repetition and upscaling across the future health estate.  Foleshill contributes to the NHS carbon net-zero target and supports its aim to be the world’s first net-zero national health service.

“Our vision as the client for this project was to push the boundaries of what has been done before in healthcare.  The CHP team are really pleased to have been a part of this important pathfinder project” said Eugene Prinsloo CHP Developments Director.

Passivhaus and sustainable features at Foleshill Health Centre

  • The building is highly insulated, so it is warm in winter and cool in the summer.
  • The energy-efficient features include triple glazed windows, which can be opened if required.
  • All rooms have filtered 100% fresh air from ducts in the ceiling, supplied from ventilation units that recover heat from stale air leaving the building. The air is filtered to a similar standard as an operating theatre, ensuring a safe and clean environment (ISO ePM1 – June 2021).
  • There is a small heating system using air source heat pumps connected to small radiators.
  • Photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof provide electricity.
  • All the lighting is provided by energy-efficient LED lamps.
  • No fossil fuels are used in the building.

Foleshill Health Centre – Mechanical Heat Recovery Unit

Airsource heat recovery pumps at Foleshill Health Centre

IHEEM presentation on Foleshill Health Centre by the CHP team

Eugene Prinsloo, Developments Director and Julian Humphreys, Programme Manager at CHP will be talking about Foleshill Health Centre on Monday 18 October 15.20-16.30 as part of the ‘Sustainability section within the ‘Hospitals of the Future’ theme.

Sign up for this FREE ONLINE presentation at:

The story of Foleshill Health Centre with timelapse

Watch the video about Foleshill, the first UK health centre built to meet international Passivhaus standards for low energy usage and sustainability.

Foleshill Health Centre the award-winning greenest health care building in UK – Timelapse Video – Sept 2021

Foleshill is an award-winning building

In September, the build team won the ‘Offsite’ and Highly Commended in the Value award categories at the East Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards.  At the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards Foleshill won the Sustainability Award,  the Offsite Award and the Value Award. In addition, Foleshill Health Centre was ‘Winner of Winners’ on the night further establishing this innovative primary care building as an example for future sustainable NHS estate design.  In October, Foleshill Health Centre won the Sustainability Award at the CABE Built Environment Awards 2021 (CABE Video + CABE Award News).

Read more about our award-winning health centre: Foleshill Health Centre, Coventry

Treatment Room at Foleshill Health Centre – The UK’s greenest healthcare building

NHS Carbon Footprint

Foleshill Health Centre contributes to the NHS Carbon Footprint aim.  The health estate makes up 4-5% of England’s carbon footprint.

  • The NHS Carbon Footprint (emissions NHS controls directly), will be net zero by 2040, with the ambition to reach an 80% reduction from 2028-2032
  • The NHS Carbon Footprint Plus (emissions NHS can influence), will be net zero by 2045, with the ambition to reach an 80% reduction from 2036-2

Read more about the #GreenerNHS

4 October 2021


Delivery partners:

Portakabin (Main contractor), Tooley Foster Architects (Passivhaus experts), AECOM (infrastructure consultants) and Arden Estate Partnerships Limited (development management).

Read more about our award-winning health centre: Foleshill Health Centre, Coventry

Find out about Passivhaus:
Passivhaus Trust Video: Passivhaus explained in 90 seconds

Photography: Beth Walsh
Drone/Timelapse: Heavy-Duty Time-Lapse

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