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Foleshill Health Centre wins Best New Build Project of the Year at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM awards

Foleshill Health Centre, the first Passivhaus certified NHS healthcare building, won Best New Build Project of the Year at the prestigious Health Care Estates IHEEM Award ceremony on 19 October 2021.  This accolade reinforces its credentials as the most innovative, greenest healthcare building in the UK winning from 13 high quality, shortlisted projects.

These awards celebrate engineering excellence across the healthcare estate, with Foleshill Health Centre was also shortlisted in the  Sustainable Achievement Award.  In addition, Property and Development teams at CHP were 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.

Entrance to Foleshill Health Centre – The UK’s first Passivhaus healthcare building

Foleshill Health Centre is a £3.3m, 619m² building serving up to 10,000 patients in inner city Coventry. The new GP surgery has five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms. The design maximises natural light and is welcoming and comfortable environment for patients and staff.  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.

The health centre is a partnership between DHSC-owned Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the new tenants Foleshill Surgery, a GP practice, part of Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance.

The centre was created in 10 months from groundworks to completion during the Covid-19 pandemic – nearly 30% quicker than a traditional building by using modern methods of construction.

Foleshill Health Centre – consulting room
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Foleshill Health Centre – East side with sun shading around the windows.

Foleshill Health Centre – leading the way for sustainable healthcare in the UK

This is the first time that NHSE/I has approved this type of energy-efficient Passivhaus building for the NHS in England.  It is an example for the rest of the NHS showing what can be done using the most modern, innovative volumetric building methods – a benchmark for how health buildings can be sustainable in the future.

As the UK’s first health centre to be certified to Passivhaus Classic, 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.

Read more: Passivhaus certification for Foleshill Health Centre the UK’s greenest healthcare building

side view of a building explaining passivhaus air flow heat pumps
Graphic: A Passivhaus building showing airflow, insulation and heat source recovery system

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 Insulation exceeds the Building Regulations fabric insulation values by about 40%.
  • The building is very airtight; the leakage rate roughly equates to a hole the size of a golf ball across the whole building.
  • 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).
  • Point of use electric heated domestic hot water – each sink has its own boiler.
  • There is a small heating system using air source mechanical heat recovery 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.

In addition, Foleshill Health Centre has an electric car charging point, bike racks and is close to public transport to encourage sustainable travel.

The GP surgery has an EPC A rating (12) close to net zero CO2.and is BREEAM Excellent (March 2023).

Read more: Foleshill Health Centre Case Study

Foleshill Health Centre – Mechanical Heat Recovery Unit

Airsource heat recovery pumps at Foleshill Health Centre

The story of Foleshill Health Centre with timelapse

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

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

Foleshill is an award-winning building

In September 2021, 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).  This award recognises projects that are not only future proof but are working to ensure the quality of that future through innovative practices that reduce a building’s overall impact on the environment in an exceptional way.

Read more:  Foleshill Awards

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

Treatment Room at Foleshill Health Centre – The UK’s greenest healthcare building certified to Passivhaus Classic

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 2036-2045.

Read more about the #GreenerNHS

20 October 2021

Delivery partners:

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

Read more: Foleshill Health Centre Case Study
More news 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
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