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Lister Hospital

Lister Hospital is a 480-bed district general hospital in Stevenage and is part of the East and North Herts NHS Trust. It offers general and specialist hospital services for people across much of Hertfordshire and south Bedfordshire and provides a full range of medical and surgical specialities.

The Lister embarked on a £150 million investment programme, which includes a new emergency department, additional wards and operating theatres, alongside the new surgery centre, maternity unit, refurbished wards, cardiac catheter suite and an expanded critical care unit.

The challenge

In hospitals the focus is on the quality of services provided to patients. To support patient care Lister Hospital runs big, complex and energy hungry facilities and wanted to make sure that they significantly reduced the cost of generating electricity and heat as well as more than meeting their carbon emissions reduction target.

The solution

The new combined heat and power based energy centre at the Lister has been funded and built by the trust’s specialist independent sector partner, Veolia*. The scheme allows the trust to secure a highly cost-efficient and sustainable solution to the hospital’s power needs following the redevelopment programme.
Working in partnership with Veolia, a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant, was installed. A complete boiler house refurbishment has also been carried out consisting of three new steam raising boiler plants (one of these being linked to the CHP as a waste heat/fired boiler), waste heat pipework and replacement of steam calorifiers in the central plant room with new PHE.
The project includes an upgrade of the 40-year old energy centre and a 15-year CEM contract. The £2.7 million upgrade of the energy centre includes a 1.4MWe CHP and three new boilers delivering heating, hot water and electricity to the hospital. The CHP unit was supplied by Cogenco under Eco2sysnergy arrangement and Veolia sourced the funding for balance of new plant.
Lister Hospital’s new combined heat and power plant has secured the hospital’s electricity, heating and cooling needs for the foreseeable future. The £2.7 million project, which included the clearance of a £1.3 million repairs backlog in the Lister’s heating and hot water systems, brings many immediate benefits.

Energy bills reduced by an estimated £0.65 million annually 

Carbon emissions fall by nearly 20% 

Carbon emissions reduction target met three years early


The results

As a result of the work undertaken by Veolia Lister Hospital’s energy bills will be reduced by £650,000 annually. The entire trust’s carbon emissions will fall by nearly 20% - a reduction of 4,040 tonnes – which is significantly more than the target of 10% to be achieved by 2015 set by the Department of Health.
The reduction in carbon emissions will also mean the trust pays less under the carbon tax that came into effect from 2012. A backlog of a £1.3 million in repairs to the heating and hot water systems was also cleared.

What our client had to say

“I am proud to be part of these significant infrastructure projects which have been delivered on an existing acute hospital site with no significant downtime on any service. The success of these projects is as a result of a team/partnering approach with our contractors and having a clear estate and energy strategy, part of the whole site development control plan. The savings we’ll make are immediate and very significant allowing us to address £1.3 million in backlog maintenance to our heating and hot water supply systems. At a time when the trust has had to make considerable financial savings, whilst maintaining high quality clinical care, this project really does tick all the boxes."

* On July 25th 2014 Dalkia, Veolia's energy activity, adopted the Veolia group name