New Townlands Hospital achieves excellent BREEAM rating

A graphic of the new hospital.

by Alex Cameron

The new Townlands Hospital in Henley has established its sustainability credentials already with an “excellent” rating in its first independent assessment.

This was awarded by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) inspectors, who look for evidence of effective use of resources, with a focus on value and efficiency, and award certificates to buildings which they consider enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them.

At Townlands, the assessors saw how its specific design features, such as heating and ventilation systems and waste management, showcase best environmental practice for new buildings and help minimise its impact on the surroundings. They evaluated the procurement, design, construction and operation of the development and categories, ranging from energy to ecology, were measured.

These looked at factors including low impact design and carbon emissions reduction; design durability and resilience; adaption to climate change; and ecological value and biodiversity protection. Within every category, the building scored points and its final total determined its “excellent” rating.

The hospital was formally handed over to the NHS last week and healthcare services need to be moved out of the old Townlands building over the next four weeks to enable the next phase of the health campus project to go ahead.

James Wakeham, Regional Director of NHS Property Services

James Wakeham, Regional Director of NHS Property Services

James Wakeham, Regional Director for NHS Property Services, said: “We have always been committed to delivering an excellent new healthcare facility to the community of Henley, and it is very pleasing to see this achieved and our contribution recognised independently.

“It is a part of our responsibility as stewards of the modern public estate which we take very seriously and we are delighted to see Townlands achieving national standards of recognition so soon.”

Townlands was built on behalf of NHS Property Services by developers Amber Infrastructure and VINCI Construction UK.