The garden of Foleshill Health Centre

Foleshill health centre the UK’s first Passivhaus Health Centre opened to patients a year ago

Multi award-winning Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry, the UK’s first Passivhaus health care building, opened to primary care patients one year ago on 9 August 2021.

The £3.3 million project is a partnership between DHSC-owned Community Health Partnerships (CHP), NHS Coventry and Warwickshire with Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance (the GP tenants).  Foleshill Health Centre is a two storey, 619m² building serving up to 10,000 patients in inner-city Coventry. The GP surgery has five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms; we continue to receive positive feedback from both staff and patients who use the building daily. CHP chose the Passivhaus approach because of its overall sustainability ethos with low running costs and health benefits.

Work began in August 2020 on 14 specially designed Portakabin modules, which were transported, assembled and watertight in three days in December 2020. The health centre was completed in June 2021.

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

CHP are proud to work with our NHS and delivery partners on the first UK health building built to meet Passivhaus standards.  This innovative, sustainable building continues to provide high quality care for the people of Foleshill, in a modern, innovative 21st century primary care building.

Passivhaus and Sustainability features support low energy consumption

The highly insulated Health Centre is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  It is full of sustainable features including photo voltaic panels, no fossil fuels on-site, triple glazing, LEDs, filtered air, etc.  It took only 10 months to build during the pandemic using modern methods of construction, 30% quicker than a traditional health care building.

Foleshill leads the way for carbon emissions reduction in the NHS. Energy consumption at Foleshill is equivalent to an average 4-bed house but it is four times the size.  The energy consumption is less than a third of a similar size conventional health centre.

Partnership working at Foleshill Health Centre

Foleshill Health Centre NHS Partners: NHS Coventry and Warwickshire with Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance.

Delivery partners:
Portakabin (Main contractor), Tooley Foster Architects (Passivhaus experts), AECOM infrastructure consultants and Arden Estate Partnerships Limited (development management part of GB Partnerships).

Passivhaus Trust           Video: Passivhaus explained in 90 seconds

News and Awards: Foleshill Health Centre

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

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