Work completes on UK's most-energy-efficient primary care centre

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 13-Mar-2023

New -zero Carlisle Healthcare South Hub achieves BREEAM 'Outstanding' sustainability rating

Caddick Construction has completed United Healthcare Developments’ state-of-the-art, four-storey healthcare centre in Carlisle, making it the most-sustainable and energy-efficient primary care centre in the UK. 

Building work at Carlisle Healthcare South Hub, designed by PRP Architects, began in 2021 and has seen the creation of a BREEAM Outstanding-rated development, with a large proportion of the building’s power supplied by renewable energy through rooftop photovoltaic panels. 

Determined to address the energy-intensive needs of primary care facilities, family-run business, United Healthcare Developments, brought forward designs for a more-sustainable healthcare facility. 

The building’s energy performance is rated -3 / A+ making it carbon net zero.

And the building envelope has been uniquely designed to the highest levels of efficiency, negating the need for a traditional heating system and avoiding any reliance on fossil fuels.

In addition, each habitable room has a constant turnover of fresh air, creating a comfortable working environment for the building users. 

David Brown, managing director at United Healthcare Developments, said: “For the unique design of this building to work, and to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding sustainability rating, it was a necessity for all elements of the building construction to be done to the highest quality.”

Ian Threadgold, managing director of Caddick Construction in the North West, added: “This is a flagship scheme, drawing on the raft of experience we have in the healthcare sector.

“The resulting building is a highly-innovative and sustainable development that will prove hugely valuable for patients and healthcare employees across Cumbria.” 


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