MBLA opens stainless steel-clad health centre
[First look + plans] MBLA has completed this 5,400m² NHS Neighbourhood Treatment Centre in Garston, South Liverpool
Clad in stainless steel, the LIFT scheme is one of three centres providing secondary health services locally outside of the city’s hospitals.
The architect’s view
The new development replaces the former Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Hospital in Garston, a well known landmark in the community and offers modern state of the art health facility. Unlike it’s predecessor, the new proposals aim to overcome the constraints of its elevated site allowing direct connections into the street and offering a far more accessible and welcoming building. 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 per cent