Norfolk & Suffolk (NHS) Solar Water Heated Hospital

Norfolk & Suffolk (NHS) Solar Water Heated Hospital

Helping dementia care hospital reach BREEAM Excellence with Solar Water Heating.

  • A flagship project with a considerable demand for hot water to satisfy the wards, shared clinical areas, administration and training rooms.
  • The integration of renewable technologies with fossil-fuelled water heaters and boilers.
  • Other carbon-saving features included a green roof, ground source heat pump and lighting controls

NHS trusts are looking closely at their provision for handling the increasingly prevalent condition of Dementia. The Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust decided to upgrade dementia treatment facilities for the Norfolk area with the building of one of the most advanced facilities in the UK, at Hammerton Court, Julian Hospital in Norwich.

The new dementia intensive care unit (DICU) cost £13.7 million and achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. The hot water demand is satisfied sustainably by a large solar water heating system integrated with EcoShieldTM gas-fired condensing water heaters, and an EcoKnight'” gas-fired condensing boiler.

The architecture, structure and building services were co-ordinated using a 3D design and drafting software model. Robert Forster of the Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation (NHS) Trust said that Lochinvar had provided a fully designed heating and hot water package that “suited our needs”. He added that it integrated with the ground source heat pumps, which were installed separately and provide heating as well as a boost for the hot water. He added that it was a project ‘the Trust and staff are extremely proud of” and that the Systems are working well. Jacob Sismey, senior mechanical engineer at Ingleton Wood LLP, who provided the building services design, added that comparative data for the plant operation was still being assessed. He said Lochinvar had been recommended to his team by the client and “proved to be very helpful and informative on the requirements of the project”.

‘The equipment specified forms part of the client’s requirement for renewable strategies” added Mr Sismey