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Assura’s First Zero Carbon, Zero Energy Premises


As the leading developer in the healthcare sector Assura have been working to develop the concept of Zero Energy healthcare premises. Bringing together existing sustainable design practices and construction techniques the concept aims to deliver premises with negligible energy use, aiming to alleviate running costs for our tenants.

It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development must address climate change issues and reduce the amount of carbon produced in construction. The Energy Performance
of Buildings Directive set a target of 2020 for all newly built premises to achieve nearly zero carbon status. Although the deadline is subject to fluctuation it is inevitable that such a target must be achieved in the medium term. As a responsible developer and founding member of the Social Stock Exchange Assura aims to be proactive in exceeding this target and in doing so provide added value to our tenants and shareholders.

We have brought together a team passionate about  designing exemplar healthcare premises with a commitment to sustainability. The aim is to create bespoke premises that offer minimal running costs, flexibility to meet the changing demands of primary healthcare, and that offer users the ability to control and maintain environmental comfort within their building. The conceptual study analysed construction techniques and shortfalls in predicted/actual performance to develop a basic set of design principles that could be applied to new projects.

This has culminated in a design that is predicted to be zero carbon in use and work has recently started on site in West Gorton, Manchester with completion anticipated in July 2017. The GP surgery will form an integral part of a community hub providing GP, pharmacy and retail uses at the heart of the West Manchester regeneration area.

Julie Jefferson, practice manager at West Gorton Medical Centre, said: “It has been an important year for Manchester’s health and community services, with 2016 expected to bring further transformative decisions for the city.

“ We are looking forward to improving the quality of facilities available in West Gorton, and to strengthening our existing relationships with other local care providers to establish a
supportive professional care network.”