Dalkeith Health Centre

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The new Dalkeith Health Centre replaces the former Dalkeith Medical Practice, which was housed on the same site. The client, NHS Lothian required a sustainable, contemporary facility to meet the community’s evolving requirements. Services include a GP practice, podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery and other specialties. An Old Persons Welfare Hall has also been incorporated into the new building.

The Health Centre sits within Dalkeith town centre and is surrounded by residential properties to the north, northeast and west with commercial and public car parks to the southeast and southwest.

The gable frontage to the three-story wing was created as a visual connection to the neighbouring buildings, incorporating a simple palette of two contrasting colour renders denoting the two-story and three-story wings. White glazed brick was used on selected openings to the three-story wing in addition to the base course to the building. The roof is natural slate mimicking the existing buildings within the adjacent conservation area.

The low energy design incorporates natural ventilation, a ground source heat pump providing heat to the underfloor heating system, and a highly insulated building envelope. In addition, the building has a rainwater harvesting system and solar thermal panels are used to provide hot water.

For further details of the project download the full case study via the link in the resources section to the right.

About this development
Project Dalkeith Health Centre
Location Dalkeith, Midlothian
Client Body NHS Lothian
Delivery Team Austin-Smith:Lord
Value £3.5 million
Procurement Type Traditional
Opening Date September 2011
Development Types Support services, Integrated services, Primary care, Mental health, Maternity
Project Summary Dalkeith Health Centre (PDF)
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