Lees Medical Practice, Lees, Oldham, Lancashire

“It is exactly how we imagined it would be and delivers everything that we hoped for”

Lees is a visionary and environmentally-focused medical centre. We are delighted that our intelligent design achieved BREEAM Excellent status and is one of only five buildings in the UK to be shorlisted in the Healthcare category for the prestigious BREEAM Awards 2014.

The Lees Medical Practice scheme provided UHD with the opportunity to explore and develop its most sustainable building to date. From the outset, the aim was to achieve BREEAM excellent. The NHS commissioning body’s contractual requirement for a building of this size is to achieve BREEAM Very Good.

The use of innovative technologies has created a sustainable building, which is exceptionally economical to run. The doctors’ previous surgery was restrictive, dark and non-compliant. The new scheme allows for the provision of more services and is both light and spacious with a double-height atrium creating a superior working atmosphere. The building delivers large and ambient consulting rooms, a treatment room for minor surgery as well as generous meeting facilities for the community.

A comprehensive Building Management System allows the remote monitoring of all the building systems and is actively used to ensure maximum efficiency and reduced energy consumption.

Car parking and security were important factors to the practice and our advanced supervision and security system, along with ample secure parking has been well received by both staff and patients

Lees Medical Centre is one of only five buildings in the UK to have been shorlisted in the Healthcare category for the prestigious BREEAM Awards 2014.

Breem awards nominated 2014

“It was important that we chose a developer that would listen to us and deliver what we wanted and not what they thought we needed. UHD did exactly this. They listened to what we said and the building reflects this throughout. It is exactly how we imagined it would be and delivers everything that we hoped it would deliver. Once the design of the building was agreed, we continued to be involved throughout and received vital support from UHD at every stage. Practices only go through this process once and therefore it is important that you make the right decision from the outset. Choosing UHD to provide us with our fabulous new building was definitely the right decision. It has ticked every box for us and given us a building that will enable to develop new services and change the ways in which we work, in what is now a competitive market.”

Alison Wallace, Practice Manager, Lees Medical Practice

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Key facts

  • 800 m²
  • 50kW solar panels
  • Heat-recovery, fresh-air ventilation system
  • Point-of-use water and room heaters
  • State-of-the-art security system
  • Ample, secure staff and patient parking
  • Large consulting rooms and meeting facilities
  • Highly insulated, sealed building
  • Private spaces for confidentiality
  • Expansion space 100m²
  • Scheme completed in 2013

Occupiers

  • Two-GP practice
  • Rowlands Pharmacy