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Foleshill highly commended for Value and finalist for Offsite and Sustainability at the National Constructing Excellence Awards

Foleshill Health Centre, the UK’s first Passivhaus healthcare building, was Highly Commended for Value at the Constructing Excellence National Awards on 28 January 2022. In addition, the health centre was a National Finalist in the Offsite and Sustainability categories; there were 109 high quality, shortlisted projects across 14 categories. Previously the team had won these categories at regional Constructing Excellence ceremonies during 2021. These accolades reinforce Foleshill Health Centre’s credentials as the most innovative, greenest healthcare building in the UK.

Judges were looking for projects focused on the value of facilities in use and good outcomes for the building users.  Winners needed to demonstrate how whole life cost and value was considered from the outset; combining capital costs of construction with maintenance, operational and occupiers’ costs.  CHP worked in partnership with Portakabin, Tooley Foster Architects, AECOM (infrastructure consultants) and Arden Estate Partnerships Limited (development management) to achieve this during the design and construction of Foleshill Health Centre.

“CHP were pleased to be recognised in three categories for the National Constructing Excellence 2021 Awards.  We are delighted to have secured a Highly Commended in the Value Category against stiff competition.  Once again the power of partnership working has been recognised with this project.” said Eugene Prinsloo, Developments Director at CHP.

Value in this Passivhaus-certified project derives from cost and energy reductions over its lifecycle compared to a traditional building.  Initial higher construction costs are offset by energy savings creating a 2.5% reduction in life cycle costs within 25 years which increases to 8.6% over 40 years. Annual energy consumption is forecast to be just 31kWh/m2 GIA compared to 98kWh/m2 for an equivalent traditional build health centre. There are photovoltaic panels on the roof providing electricity, with no fossil fuels used on site.  The utility bills are likely to be a third of those for a conventional build. Thus, providing whole-life value improvements reducing operating costs as well as reducing carbon emissions.

“It is wonderful that Foleshill Health Centre received the Highly Commended award for Value. From day one the project team was committed to achieve best value for Community Health Partnerships at all stages and this award further reinforces we successfully met this objective,”  said Rebecca Lindridge Associate Cost Manager who is the lead for the Foleshill Health Centre project at AECOM.

More Awards for Foleshill Health Centre

Foleshill has won 10 awards and two Highly Commended certificates so far across the healthcare and construction sectors for its sustainable innovations, such as an offsite modular building, as good value for money and for its impact on future health care building design.   Read more:  Foleshill Awards

Foleshill Health Centre from the west

Foleshill Health Centre – the UKs greenest health care building

Foleshill Health Centre is the first healthcare building in the UK to receive Passivhaus certification, a rigorous global standard for energy-efficient design. Foleshill not only leads the way for carbon emissions reduction in this type of building but demonstrates its potential for repetition and upscaling across the future health estate.

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 GP team began seeing patients in August 2021.

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.  Foleshill contributes to the NHS carbon net-zero target and supports its aim to be the world’s first net-zero national health service.

Foleshill Health Centre has an EPC A rating (12) close to net-zero CO2. The primary care building has an EPC A rating (12) close to net zero CO2.and is BREEAM Excellent (March 2023).

Read more: Foleshill Health Centre Case Study
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Consulting Room at Foleshill Health Centre

Treatment Room at Foleshill Health Centre

Foleshill Health Centre NHS Partners: Coventry and Warwickshire CCG + 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).

Read: Foleshill Health Centre case study
News and Awards: Foleshill Health Centre
 Foleshill Health Centre video

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

Photography: Beth Walsh
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1 February 2022

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