Ireland Wood Medical Centre has been developed by Abstract for their investment partners Assura and is an example of close collaborative working between architect, developer and council planning department.
The £2.7m building provides flexible and spacious facilities replacing cramped accommodation at Tinshill Lane. New services in the 1750m² building include GP and nurse consulting with dedicated treatment roooms and opthalmology services, patient education services and pharmacy, offering a wider range of services to patients at local level.
Future adaptability was a driving force in the design of this contemporary building: the steel frame structure and use of underfloor heating at entrance level allows for complete internal flexibility. The first floor includes expansion space and the adjoining single storey 140m² pharmacy has a concrete roof to allow for vertical expansion, while the circulation has been designed to allow for an extension to the rear of the building.
The building achieved a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and was Highly Commended in the 2011 RIBA Northern Network Awards.
Christine Gaughran, Managing Partner of Ireland Wood & Horsforth Medical Practice said “We are delighted with the new premises which are the most modern in North Leeds. With the improved facilities, additional services plus a pharmacy and optician, everything is much more convenient for patients.”