This prominent urban site required a modern building that would add value to the area by bringing a derelict site into use and aid the regeneration of Longsight. Consequently, the health centre is a distinctive landmark, but procured at a reasonable cost.
The building has a clear logic reflected in its four basic external materials, with staff on the first floor contained within the blue Trespa cladding section, and clinical accommodation on the ground floor within the buff brick element. The blue Trespa boxes house automatic security shutters and provide solar shading. Solar control glass has been used on the south face to reduce overheating. The 585m2 building provides 5 consulting and treatment rooms, 2 counselling and meeting rooms, and a library and resource room for medical training.
This site was challenging for a number of reasons; access from the main road onto a busy junction needed close liaison with the Highways Department; the site was contaminated and required remediation, and a mains sewer runs within the site, affecting the position and form of the building.
The final scheme achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.