Barrhead Health and Social Care Facility

Location Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom 
Services Building services civil, structural, fire and geotechnical engineering, lighting design and transportation
Sector Healthcare 
Client NHS Glasgiw/Renfrewshire Council
Architect Avanti Architects
Imagery © McAteer Photography

Tony Centola

T +44 (0)131 524 3500

Barrhead Health and Social Care is a new 5,700m² building that provides both healthcare facilities for the communities in and around the Barrhead area of Renfrewshire and office accommodation for Renfrewshire Council staff.

Situated on a sloping site, the 3-storey building provides consulting rooms for GPs, rooms for dental services, outreach staff, podiatry treatment, facilities for minor surgical procedures and meeting rooms. The waiting area is situated in the central atrium, with bridges at each upper floor level providing access within the building.

The building is predominantly naturally ventilated, with mechanical ventilation in zones where there is a clinical need. Heat recovery recuperators minimise the energy consumption to heat fresh air and to minimise waste heat rejected from the building. The atrium makes use of natural ventilation to dissipate heat via high-level automatic opening louvres. The louvres act as part of a smoke control system designed to maintain tenable conditions within the atrium space.

The building incorporates a number of sustainable design features, including deep boreholes that enable ground source heat recovery. Under floor heating and cooling systems in the atrium optimise the efficiency of the ground source heat pump system. The building features an enhanced BEMS system, incorporating 2-port valves that optimise variable speed pumping and minimise pumping energy.

The lighting design utilises a daylight linking technology to automatically dim artificial light when natural daylight is sufficient. This reduces the amount of energy required for lighting and reduces unwanted heat gain to the internal spaces. Where appropriate, rooms are fitted with occupancy-sensing light controls, thus reducing energy wastage.

  • Winner of the Public Building Award at the 2012 Scottish Design Awards
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012 - Best Out-of-Hospital Care Facility Design


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