Longtown Medical Centre, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria

“It is much more effective and practical than we ever thought possible. Can't praise United Healthcare highly enough!”

Our initial brief was to design and build a centre for two GP practices with the flexibility for them to join together at a future date.

In 2012, the two practices amalgamated and the design made the transition possible without any additional and expensive construction work.

The doctors at Longtown are delighted, as our adoption of a sophisticated heating and cooling system costs less to run than a standard three-bedroom house.


“We wanted a building to see us through the next twenty years and we have just that. We have a very attractive but entirely practical building, fit for our purpose and with low running costs built into the design. Environmental issues have been considered all along and we are particularly delighted with its geothermal heat exchange system. It is much more effective and practical than we ever thought possible. Can’t praise United Healthcare highly enough!”

Dr C D Baker - Longtown Medical Centre

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Key facts

  • 750m²
  • 16kW solar panels
  • Heated and cooled via air to water heat exchangers (geothermal heat exchange system)
  • Hot water supplied by individual in-line water heaters
  • Exceptionally economic to operate
  • Completed in 2007


  • Three-GP practice
  • Practice nurses
  • Healthcare assistant
  • District nurses
  • Community midwives
  • Health visitors
  • Community nurses
  • NHS clinic
  • NHS physiotherapy
  • NHS dentistry facilities
  • North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust