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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


and encouraged to review proposals and provide feedback. Stakeholder work- shops were facilitated using physical models, 3D imagery and mock-ups to make the information as accessible as possible.


heat pump, a wind turbine and electric car plug points.


The building is a rehabilitation centre aimed to cater for people who are well enough to leave hospital but need fur- ther support before returning home, and P+HS claim it has been successful in achieving this vision.


“The appearance of the building reflects this emphasis on wellness; there is noth- ing here that breathes the word hospi- tal,” said the company. P+HS worked closely


P+HS were able to obtain the impres- sive rating by choosing a suitable site and selecting a cohesive project team with BREAAM experience. NHS South of Tyne and Wear head of estates Stephen Naylor said: “The NHS recognises the clear impacts climate change will have on human health. The work of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and organisations like the BRE quite rightly make us question our priorities when commissioning and designing new buildings.


with the


Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment(CABE)to achieve the highest design quality solution. A num- ber of stakeholders were also involved


“BREEAM for Health is one of the few prescribed tools for environmen- tal performance management used by the NHS and we were keen to explore the potential to achieve the outstanding grade at Houghton and for other future projects.”


Case studies and articles for the pro- ject have been widely published and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) feature it as an exemplar design.


P+HS also say their design team have delivered several industry seminars, shar- ing information and lessons learned. Ongoing Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funding has been secured to enable building performance to be monitored against model predictions, which are set at an impressive 38% reduction in run- ning costs.


P+HS said: “The Houghton develop- ment will assist in continuing to chal- lenge convention and elevate sustainable building standards in our future health estate.”


JUDGES COMMENTS: Excellent all round. Exemplary. They’ve unlocked innovation from their supply chain and gone far beyond what they needed to do, including publishing the learning. An extraordinarily good project


FINALISTS


The Co-operative Group Mott MacDonald Sainsbury’s Halcrow Group Tesco


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