Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust invests £10.9 million in new energy technology at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital

Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital, part of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), are set to benefit from a £10.9 million investment in new energy infrastructure.

The investment will see state-of-the-art energy technology installed at the two hospitals, which will deliver a combined annual saving of at least half of the energy bill at Wythenshawe and Withington, which will fund the infrastructure investment.

Delivered by Centrica Business Solutions, the project will also reduce annual carbon emissions by 25 per cent – the equivalent to taking more than 780 cars off the road.

The 14-month long project, due to complete in March 2020, will replace life-expired infrastructure currently used by MFT at these two hospital sites.

At Wythenshawe Hospital, the work will include the creation of a new energy centre which will house a combined heat and power (CHP) unit, delivering almost all the power needed to run the hospital, as well as four new high-efficiency boilers. The site will also benefit from an upgraded energy distribution system that will serve 12 primary plant rooms that provide heat to the hospital.

At Withington Community Hospital the project will include the installation of a CHP unit. Centrica Business Solutions will also install more than 9,200 energy efficient LED lights and control systems across the two sites.

Alan Barlow, UK & Ireland Director of Centrica Business Solutions, said: “This investment will deliver a much-needed replacement of the ageing and outdated energy systems at two key hospitals in Greater Manchester, helping to unlock energy saving and meet carbon reduction targets.

“Our research shows that if this approach was replicated across just half of the NHS estate the combined saving would be more than [£130 million]. Not only would it deliver huge cost savings but also improve energy resilience which is essential for patients and staff.”

The project will be delivered under a 15-year Energy Performance Contract with Centrica Business Solutions that will include operations and maintenance support, with backing from Carbon and Energy Fund and Macquarie.

David Furnival, Group Director of Estates at Facilities at MFT said: “For MFT to deliver excellent patient-focused healthcare services, both now and for the future, we need to be sustainable in the use of our resources.

“Sustainable healthcare will help our budgets stretch further and the investment that this programme will deliver; alongside the reduction in our carbon emissions are invaluable. We are pleased to be working in partnership with Centrica Business Solutions to deliver this long-term transformation at two of our hospitals within the Trust.”