Oxford Energy Project Wins Prestigious Award

Earlier this week, we were delighted to see the energy project for the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust named as Sustainability Project of the Year at the Healthcare Estates Awards

The £14.7m project saw Vital Energi work in partnership with the Trust to provide a comprehensive energy scheme which will deliver a guaranteed saving of £469,914 a year on its energy bills for 25 years and a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 270,000 tonnes over the course of the contract term.    The scheme saw a comprehensive refresh of the John Radcliffe Hospital energy centre, including the installation of a 4.5MWe Combined Heat & Power Engine.   This energy centre was connected to the Churchill Hospital via a 2.2km energy link made up of district heating, high voltage cabling and communications fibre optics.

In addition to this, approximately 7,000 light fittings were upgraded to modern LED fixtures, with the new system being up to 90% more efficient.

Collecting the award on behalf of OUH, Claire Hennessy, Head of Operational Estates, said: “I am very honoured to accept this award from IHEEM on behalf of colleagues from the Trust, the Carbon & Energy Fund, Vital Energi, and contractors who have all worked so tirelessly to deliver this complex project. It was a hotly contested category so we are delighted to win the award in the face of such competition.”

“The meticulous planning and collaborative partnership between ourselves and Vital Energi has enabled us to deliver the replacement of our energy and heating provision in both hospitals without impacting on either hospital’s patientcare. It is good to see the new CHP, Energy Link and boilers up and running and that we are already ahead of target in financial and carbon emission savings. It has been an excellent conference and a most enjoyable evening.”

We’d like to congratulate Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on their award and we are delighted that their commitment to reducing carbon emissions has been recognised.

The Energy Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital will be officially opened on 10am, Friday 10 November 2017 by East Oxford MP & Shadow Treasury Minister, Anneliese Dodds. 

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