Shefford Medical Centre has arrived…

April 8, 2011 2:02 pm

March saw the completion of the new 2,100m2 Shefford Health Centre in Bedfordshire, in line with the original forecast for a 15-month construction programme.

Shefford Health Care in Bedfordshire - Competed Building

Shefford Health Care in Bedfordshire – Competed Building

The pentagonal building design is focused on a central core serving five individual accommodation wings, consisting of the following;

  • General GP & Nurse Consulting Rooms
  • Treatment Rooms
  • Dentistry Suite
  • Pharmacy & Dispensary

The external envelope comprising red brick, render &; cedar clad walls  together with slate -effect roof tiles contributed to the almost domestic appearance Рcomplying with planning guidance and successfully integrating into the surrounding context.

Shefford Health Care in Bedfordshire - Competed Building

Shefford Health Care in Bedfordshire – Competed Building

Using traditional masonry construction the building was designed to have a high thermal mass with impressive U-values that promoted the concept of night cooling. The main specifications included:

  • Insulated render system
  • High levels of insulation in the roof void
  • Increased levels of cross-ventilation
  • Composite triple-glazed window system – with integral blinds, louvered panels at high level plus an actuator controlled insulated damper to the inside.

Securing a high ‘B’ rating on the Energy Performance Certificate the building actually achieved 9 points above the national benchmark for a building of this type.¬†Feedback received from both occupiers and the general public has been positive, which reflects well on the whole Design Team involved.


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