Dalkeith Health Centre Now Open
This new £2.9m health centre in Dalkeith, Mid Lothian, replaces the former Dalkeith Medical Practice which occupied the same town centre site. As well as a base for GPs and nurses, the new centre provides a range of services including podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery, speech therapists and community psychiatric nurses. Accommodation for visiting specialists and voluntary groups is also available. The building also has an Old Persons Welfare Hall, continuing a well used facility from the previous health centre.
The design required a sensitive response to the adjacent historic town centre and conservation area. The strong entrance gable frontage of the taller three storey wing echoes the prominent gable ends of neighbouring buildings. The curve on the two storey clinical wing maintains a strong street frontage, while creating a set-back for the sheltered main entrance. A simple palette of contrasting renders helps define the massing of 2 and 3 storey buildings. The incorporation of technologies such as a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic panels assists in meeting the building’s energy needs and helped achieve the targetted BREEAM rating.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who opened the facility said: “More sustainable, high quality and continually improving health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and Dalkeith Health Centre is a great example of how we are delivering this.”