Washington Galleries was built in the 1970s as a Health Centre with accommodation for GP surgeries, minor treatment, a private dental practice and Sunderland Hospital’s day unit accommodation. The building also incorporated a local authority-run Library. By the mid 1990s the concrete framed and clad building with its aluminium windows and flat roof was in need of refurbishment and P+HS was appointed as architect.
The refurbishment programme aimed not only to improve the patient environment, but also to drive forward the sustainability agenda in line with other health care buildings in the Sunderland area.
The main areas of work included:
Replacing lighting with dedicated low energy fittings.
Upgrading insulation to the building envelope.
Replacing around 65% of the roof and incorporating additional insulation.
Replacing windows to comply with HTM safety standards and improve thermal performance and natural ventilation.
Replacing heating plant, increasing boiler efficiency from 65% to 96%.
Installing an array of 14 solar water heater panels to provide domestic hot water.
Installing heat and electricity meters so that the Trust can easily track energy use.