Cranleigh Health Centre has been designed to create a building which expresses a lightness and natural feel of ‘wellbeing and wellness’, rather than a place for curing the sick. The design team sought every opportunity to eliminate as many as possible of the normally associated negatives of going to a hospital or health centre.
The new Health Centre has been designed to meet the current Health Technical Memorandum’s and the Health Building Notes as well as exceeding Building Regulation Standards in terms of U values for the fabric. The new building has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and is exceptionally well sealed, the combined result of CLT alongside other sustainable and exceptionally energy efficient products and materials.
CLT's potential for enhancing the interior environment was an important factor in the specification and design of the building. The design team felt that exposure of the CLT in the communal areas would soften the ambience and have a very calming and beneficial effect for patients and staff.
Internally the timber superstructure has been expressed by exposure of the CLT in the waiting areas, the sub-waiting areas and circulation areas within the building.
The exposed CLT is of an Industrial Visual Grade quality from Stora Enso Building & Living. As part of the aesthetic design throughout the building, SR Architects worked closely with specialist timber engineers, Eurban to ensure continuity of the grain direction of the exposed CLT boards, particularly where the different CLT boards meet.
Externally, the design retains the key characteristics of Cranleigh which allows the building not to seem out of place. It achieves this by picking up in a contemporary way on some of the contextual elements of the surrounding buildings including expressed timber panelling and timber veneered rainscreen cladding.
2013: Waverley Design Awards:
- Highly Commended in the Community Award
- Best Public Building Award
- Sustainable Design Award
2013: Timber in Construction Awards:
- Best Healthcare Building
Client: NHS Surrey
Architects: SR Architects
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Timber Engineer & Specialist Contractor: Eurban
CLT Manufacturer: Stora Enso Building and Living