Houghton le Spring
This is the fourth such development designed by P+HS in conjunction with South of Tyne NHS. The scheme provides for the co-location of a range of services - NHS, Local Authority Social Services and Health and Leisure. Purposefully located next to an existing council operated leisure centre the entire facility operates seamlessly.
Health facilities include minor injuries walk-in centre, planned care and diagnostics suite, minor surgery treatment centre and a 24 bed rehabilitation unit. Sports and leisure facilities include a MUGA, and skateboard park alongside an existing outdoor bowls green, refurbished sports hall and indoor bowls hall. A ‘wellness studio’ linked to fully equipped physiotherapy facilities is also provided.
The double height entrance provides café and catering facilities with an external terraced area. Access to health and healthy lifestyle information for visitors is provided via touch screen technology. Common circulation areas look out over extensively landscaped parkland designed specifically to facilitate complementary therapeutic activities.
P+HS worked closely with CABE to ensure a high quality solution and with Breathing Buildings, incorporating an innovative natural ventilation solution to achieve a highly sustainable solution. This low carbon scheme is the first UK health building to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and has been awarded the BRE award for Best Healthcare Building in the UK as well as the CENE Legacy Award for Sustainability.