Malvern Hospital Gets Royal Approval

11 March 2011

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the new £19m Malvern Community Hospital recently.

The new-build hospital uses advanced renewable and energy efficient technologies, making it one of the greenest buildings in the country.

Capita Symonds provided building services engineering and BREEAM consultancy services on the 24-bed hospital which utilises renewable geothermal energy for heating, cooling and hot water, and ground source heat pumps to harness solar energy absorbed by the earth. It also generates low carbon electricity using highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) that will meet a significant proportion of the building’s needs.

By generating its own green power, the hospital is projected to save £8,700 per year on its energy bills, and reduce its carbon emissions by 15 tonnes per annum, equating to the environmental benefit of 1,500 trees.  

The new hospital, at Seaford Court, Malvern Link, includes in-patient and out-patient facilities, x-ray and ultrasound, day rehabilitation and therapies, palliative care and visiting mammography and MRI scans. A minor injuries unit will transfer from the existing hospital, offering increased capacity.

The ground source system involves 25 boreholes and two heat pumps with combined capacities of 125kW for both heating and cooling. The combined heat and power (CHP) system is a reciprocating gas engine rated at 33kW of electrical output that will generate 55kW of useful thermal output for the building and the ground loop for the heat pump.

Peter Grove, Capita Symonds, says: “The NHS is responsible for approximately 3% of England’s total carbon dioxide emissions and has an annual energy bill of over £500 million. To raise both environmental and cost performance, there is a powerful need to implement effective carbon reduction strategies such as CHP and ground source heat pumps. CHP reduces greenhouse emissions drastically by capturing the heat output that is wasted in conventional power generation (CHP electricity is around one third of the price charged by conventional UK suppliers and cuts carbon by around 20%).”