Project - Foleshill Health Centre
Sector - Health
Technology - Modular
Company - Community Health Partnerships
Foleshill Health Centre is the UK’s first Passivhaus primary care healthcare building, breaking new ground in the NHS drive towards zero carbon by 2040. Approval of this proof of concept project demonstrated challenges to traditional NHS estate construction being overcome. Once NHS England and Coventry & Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group gave approval in July 2020 the integrated project team sped into action to build and test the modular project on its first stage of exemplary performance, i.e. its achievement of Passivhaus Classic certification. The modular construction, completed in May 2021, achieved better than required performance for Passivhaus as well as BREEAM Excellent and shaved months off the site works programme in comparison to a benchmark traditional health centre. As its critical life cycle cost analysis shows, despite its slightly higher than traditional capital cost and NHS’s imposition of an exacting cap of 1% annual energy price inflation, unlike traditional health centres Foleshill is now set to provide financial return within 25 years alongside significant carbon emissions reduction.