Sited on an elevated plot in Garston the new Health Centre replaced a much loved Edwardian Hospital. Strong geometric forms clad in stainless steel combine with a dramatic welcoming entrance carved into the sandstone create a new landmark. A Café and pharmacy animate the street frontage at lower ground level. Fragments of the demolished hospital offer references to the history of the site. A large courtyard provides the inner focal point housing a ‘Tropical Garden’ inspired by the birth of tropical medicine in Liverpool. The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Healthcare ‘Excellent’. The design includes renewable energy technology that supplies 44% of the buildings energy demand via solar thermal collectors and ground source heat pumps which supply both heating and cooling. This technology will reduce the anticipated building’s carbon emissions by 15%.
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