New Sheffield Health Centres Go Green!
Four new medical centres developed by Community 1st Sheffield on behalf of NHS Sheffield, have become some of the greenest health facilities in the UK.
The Flowers Health Centre in High Wincobank, Foxhill Medical Centre, Norfolk Park Health Centre and Darnall Primary Care Centre replace existing outdated facilities and provide a range of medical services, including GP and nursing services, minor surgical procedures and community therapies, whilst also providing a hub for the local community.
All four facilities incorporate innovative sustainability features to maximise energy efficiency and minimise environmental impact:
• A combined heat and power (CHP) generating system running on sustainable fuel provides electricity and heat for the buildings
• Rainwater harvesting recycles rainwater for use in the flushing of toilets
• Environmentally friendly building materials are used throughout all four buildings
• Excess energy generated by the CHP system which is not needed at the centres is diverted to the national grid and provides green energy to other local public buildings – this may give the buildings the opportunity to become carbon neutral by offsetting other sources of carbon emissions from the buildings.
Neil Charlesworth, Director of Community 1st Sheffield, commented: “Community 1st considers sustainability a high priority in all our developments with NHS Sheffield so we worked closely with the architects bluesky to ensure that sustainability was designed into the buildings from the very beginning of the process.”