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18 May

Sole Bay Health Centre commended at Suffolk Awards

Sole Bay Health Centre was commended at the RIBA Suffolk Craftmanship Awards 2015 in the New Build category.

The £5M two-storey newbuild accommodating a highly integrated array of GP and other health services accessed via a shared reception, with views over a landscaped courtyard. Configured to allow out-of-hours use of various parts, the whole has been designed to a BREEAM Healthcare ‘Excellent’ standard.

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The Health Centre is set in the heart of the village of Reydon, starting from a relatively low level of housing density, the village population is growing and also has a high representation of older people. The external design of the building offers both a civic presence and a human scale proportionate to a residential setting and a welcoming health care environment. The building materials used, the use of natural light and building mass obey this theme throughout.

The 2,000 sq m building provides space for GPs, community services, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy and outpatient clinics for the nearest District General Hospital, 20 miles away. Great care was taken to provide a state of the art facility in harmony with the needs of the local population and its setting.

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Martin Royal, Regional Director for NHS Property Services for Midlands and East, said: “It’s great to see that patients can now access so many health services on their doorstep and within a modern, high quality, fit for purpose facility.”

Rigby Whittaker, Practice Manager at Southwold Surgery, said: “The quality of design and construction elevates the building beyond the norm and people’s expectations. It illustrates the commitment to the health and wellbeing of both the patients and the staff who care for them. I have worked in and visited many surgeries, but I cannot think of another surgery which approaches the quality of this building.”

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