COP26 | How to deliver net zero buildings for the NHS

Healthcare developer Assura delves into the challenges it faces in creating sustainable medical facilities, and how it’s overcoming them, in this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.

By their nature, healthcare properties are energy-hungry with their need to support specialist equipment at all times. So how can we construct new facilities in a way that helps the UK meet its net zero carbon goals?

We recruited Assura chief executive officer Jonathan Murphy and senior development manager Ashley Seymour to share what they’re doing to craft sustainable buildings.

Assura is a specialist real estate investment trust working on healthcare premises. Its 600+ GP surgery, primary care, diagnostic and treatment centre buildings around the country are NHS workplaces, serving millions of patients. It is predicted that Assura Community Fund will pass the £1m milestone for grants made to health-improving projects in the communities around its sites.

Listen to the podcast at the top of this article to hear Murphy and Seymour share Assura’s method for approaching healthcare schemes in a sustainable way.

This episode is part of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series, which looks at sustainability solutions within the property industry ahead of the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow this November.

In each episode, guests will share actionable insights and essential evidence-based advice drawing on lessons learned from their work moving towards net zero carbon. Listen to more of our COP26 podcasts.

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