ABOUT THE BUILDING
The Houghton Primary Care Centre is the first healthcare building in the UK to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating, going beyond the Department of Health’s requirements to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for new buildings.
The Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust was the main driver for integrating sustainability from the project’s inception and to show clear commitment to achieving BREEAM Outstanding certification. Ultimately this along with the early involvement of a BREEAM assessor and careful consideration of a number of sites to select the most appropriate were key factors in achieving BREEAM Outstanding without incurring significant costs.
The development is the last of four Primary Care Centres to be part of the Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust’s strategy to develop Primary Care Centres that extend the range of services available to patients in locally accessible settings and modernise and integrate the premises from which primary, GP, community and other services are provided. This is clearly demonstrated by the new building’s location within close proximity to the town centre and adjacent to the town’s existing leisure centre, providing a clear message between exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
The Primary Care Centre is laid out around a central two storey atrium which contains the main circulation space. To the left of the atrium is the sports and leisure centre and to the right the main reception for the Primary Care Centre. Within the central atrium visitors also have access to a cafe and waiting hub incorporating a self help area. A 24 bed rehabilitation ward is located on the first floor and other services such as GP consulting and diagnostics are spread throughout the building.