Centre praised for its flagship architecture

Sudbury Community Health Centre.

Sudbury Community Health Centre. - Credit: Archant

The green credentials and cutting-edge design of Sudbury’s new £10million health centre have been singled out for praise, with one respected local artist describing the building as a “truly flagship piece of modern architectural design”.

As the public were given a first glimpse of the inside of the facility at an open day on Saturday, first impressions were mostly favourable.

Robin Drury, a respected local artist and designer who has worked on several projects in the town, praised everything from the building’s sweeping curved structure to the energy-efficient heat exchangers and planted roofscapes. He said: “For the NHS to depart from its standard blue/grey steel and glass carton design and allow both the architects and local influence to govern the end result deserves much praise.

“Just for once Sudbury has come by a truly flagship piece of modern architectural design.

“This is a building that lifts the spirits and must go a long way to helping the medics set their patients on the road to recovery.”

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Ed Garratt, chief operating officer at NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said the centre had been created with the health of patients and the environment in mind.

He added: “Although many people won’t physically see many of the green aspects of the building, patients and staff can benefit from the CCG’s commitment to being as environmentally friendly as possible.

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“The Sudbury Community Health Centre is a landmark building in the area, providing vital healthcare services.

“Everyone involved in the project was determined to make every aspect of the building the very best it could be. I believe we have achieved that.”

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