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Friday, 23 February

Let's Fund Our NHS Instead

 

Instead of inefficiently burning-up money, Harrogate District Hospital (working with Imtech) have recently unveiled a new Energy Centre to free-up funding instead.

Following a programme of improvements to the mechanical and electrical infrastructure, the enhanced systems will deliver guaranteed savings of over £15m in the next 25 years (approx. £635,000 per annum) directly benefitting frontline care for the hospital.

Over the last 18 months, Harrogate’s Estates Team and Imtech’s engineering teams have been working within the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF) framework to identify, design, specify and install numerous improvements to the M&E across the hospital, with the guaranteed savings providing not only financial and carbon benefits to the Trust but also a significant reduction in the Trust backlog.

 

These initiatives include:

  • Installing a new electrical infrastructure consisting of a high voltage substation and generator network.
  • Replacing expired boilers with new high efficiency dual fuel steam boilers combined with a CHP and waste heat composite boiler.
  • Replacement of old light fittings for energy efficient LED lighting throughout the site. This project is maintenance free for the next five years due to the lifecycle of approximately 9,000 LED light fittings.
  • utilising waste heat usually lost into the atmosphere. This heat is now rerouted to the top deck of the hospital car park and reused within the underfloor heating system to de-ice the surface, eliminating gritting costs.

Ensuring the new infrastructure successfully delivers on its guarantees for the next 25 years is the responsibility of Imtech Inviron, the technical facilities management arm of Imtech. Imtech Inviron’s experienced engineers will ensure the continual optimisation of the systems through the implementation of a planned preventative and reactive maintenance regime across the site.

Noel Clancy, Imtech Inviron MD, said: “It is extremely rewarding to be involved in this project that will make such a difference to NHS funds for frontline care. Low carbon solutions are a key sector for us and following the successful installation of the new infrastructure services at Harrogate, we look forward to delivering the maintenance regime for the next 25 years.”

Picture: Harrogate District Hospital have recently unveiled a new Energy Centre

Article written by Robin Snow

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