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Sustainable Energy at The Harbour

Posted on the 24th March 2015

The new 154 bed inpatient facility which opened last week utilises the latest biomass energy systems to provide heating across the site. The system, installed in partnership with Rural Energy and NG Bailey, took meticulous planning from the very beginning to make way for the boiler and huge underground storage facility which holds the woodchip fuel. The planning involved ensuring adequate access was provided at the site by way of the circular road and also ensuring minimum disruption to service users, staff and visitors. The biomass system will also greatly reduce the energy bills at the site.

The project has also been shortlisted in the Renewable Project of the Year (Public) category at the H&V Awards. These national awards are now in their 21st year and represent the gold standard of the building services industry. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in April.

Alistair Rose, Project Director for The Harbour at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“When we were initially designing The Harbour, it was important that we were building something that used the latest technology in relation to renewable and sustainable energy. The system meets the highest standards set by BREEAM, a world leading environmental rating and assessment for building performance. To hear we had been shortlisted for the H&V Awards was an honour, and great recognition of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the project.

“The Trust is dedicated to utilising innovative technologies to provide the very best care to our service users and The Harbour incorporates this. It also extends to our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and being conscious of helping to reduce the Trust’s carbon emissions. This biomass system helps us achieve that and we are able to use the savings on energy bills to invest back into patient care.”

Paul Clark, Managing Director at Rural Energy, commented:

“This was a challenging project with tight timescales and significant space limitations on site but we are delighted with the finished result. Rural Energy has been involved with this project for a number of years, providing technical and logistical advice since the public consultation stage. We have journeyed with the Trust and provided a bespoke renewable solution that will provide low-cost energy long into the future.”

Patients moved to The Harbour over the course of a three week phased move which began at the start of March and the unit is now fully operational. To find out more about The Harbour please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/TheHarbour. For more details on Rural Energy please visit their website www.ruralenergy.co.uk.