NHS net zero building

£11m net zero refurbishment to streamline patient care

An £11m refurbishment of Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital in London is set to improve health outcomes for 20,000 local patients and contribute to the NHS’s net zero journey by cutting carbon emissions.

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and North West London Integrated Care Board will lead on the redevelopment after full planning permission was granted by Hillingdon Council.

As part of the work, which is expected to start in the middle of this year, two GP practices (Carepoint and Acre) will be relocated from Northwood Health Centre into the upgraded building.

New mental health services will be provided by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, while patient access points and on-site parking will be improved also.

The new proposals include a focus on net zero with NHSPS aiming at an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, through an 80% reduction in carbon emissions.

As well as things like green roofs, net zero will be enabled through newly planted trees, electric vehicle charging points, heat pumps, LED lighting, and more. Once sustainability is fully realised at the hospital, the EPC rating will go from an ‘F’ to a ‘B’.

Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital in London

“We are committed to breathing new life into the building, and achieving full planning permission means we are able to move forward with the project and we are excited to get started,” said NHSPS’ investment and development management director, Adrian Powell.

Northwood Health Centre will be sold under NHSPS’ disposal policy to fund the project, which will also promote a more streamlined delivery of patient care.

“This relocation is a welcome opportunity for us to enhance patient care and expand the services we deliver,” added Dr Manish Patel, practice manager at Carepoint Practice.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide patients with a state of the art, accessible facility that we hope will improve long-term health outcomes for our residents in Hillingdon.”

Refurbishment and retrofitting will be central to National Health Executive’s NHS Estates event later this year. Register to hear insight from health leaders on new hospital construction, sustainability and estate technology.

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