Cutting-edge medical centre opens in Oldham

Published: 13-Jan-2014

Lees Medical Practice building pre-assessed as BREEAM \'excellent\' for energy efficiency

Lees Medical Practice - a new visionary and highly-sustainable 800sq m medical centre - has opened in Lees, Oldham.

The centre is the latest investment by United Healthcare Developments (UHD) and was commissioned by NHS Property Services, Greater Manchester.

The building is been pre-assessed as achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating as well as receiving an impressive EPC ‘A’ Rating of 12.

It utilises a series of innovative and sustainable solutions, which ensure a comfortable environment for patients and employees throughout the year without the need for air conditioning or traditional fossil-fuelled heating systems.

The medical centre is designed and orientated to ensure maximum benefit from the 50kW solar panel array installed on the roof. This generates a significant proportion of the building’s power requirements and reduces the CO² emissions.

The GP’s were fully engaged in the design process from the outset and the resulting building is practical, warm and welcoming, with secure staff areas and ample patient parking.

Lees Medical Practice is designed and built with the GPs long-term requirements in mind. It offers considerable flexibility as the NHS evolves, with 100sq m of expansion space incorporated into the scheme, together with a Rowlands Pharmacy.

David Brown, managing director of UHD, said: “We are very proud of Lees Medical Practice and have worked closely with the doctors to create a building that meets their needs for now and the future. Its green and money-saving credentials speak for themselves and to be pre-assessed BREEAM ‘Excellent’ is a fantastic achievement.”

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