Building resilience: new energy centre project at Kettering General Hospital will enable future estate development

Building resilience: new energy centre project at Kettering General Hospital will enable future estate development

Specialist consultancy, ETL (previously Essentia) has been commissioned to help Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust select a supplier for a major energy saving project.

The Trust wants to build a new energy centre for the hospital, which provides acute healthcare for North Northamptonshire/South Leicestershire, including Accident and Emergency and Maternity services. It will also be upgrading its energy backup generation infrastructure, as well as introducing energy conservation measures, such as smart lighting. It’s anticipated that the energy savings will be guaranteed for 10-15 years.

ETL will use its award-winning energy performance contracting (EPC) framework to enable supplier selection. The OJEU-compliant framework offers a market-ready list of nine trusted energy companies (ESCos) and guarantees cost/energy savings to its clients. Since ETL launched its first EPC framework in 2014, it has channelled more than £100m into the NHS, delivered over £24m of energy savings and worked with 21 NHS Trusts, 28 acute hospitals and over 30 community-based sites.

ETL will run a mini competition among its suppliers and facilitate the process which will include site visits and technical discussions. Once the supplier is chosen, ETL will provide the appropriate terms and conditions to enable an in-depth survey of the proposed solution. It is anticipated that a supplier will be chosen by the end of 2019, with construction due to start in May/June 2020.

ETL is also helping to develop Kettering’s strategic sustainability and carbon reduction plans to ensure the Trust meets its ambitious targets and is prepared for future estate growth.

Sustainability Director at ETL, Alexandra Hammond, comments: “Improving infrastructure on NHS sites is fundamental to ensuring the health sector is prepared for future service delivery. Additionally, the NHS has been charged with being carbon zero by 2050. The challenges are substantial.”

“Trust leaders and estates teams know what they need to do, but they are looking for ways to make it happen. Our framework takes away the complexity of energy saving procurement and provides a fast route to market. We remain a trusted advisor throughout the process and enable progress through mediation and strategic counsel.”

Ian Allen, Director of Estates at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, adds: “Having worked with ETL on a previous project at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, we know that they have excellent credentials. We believe that they will be an excellent partner to help deliver Kettering General Hospital’s new energy centre.”

Header image: Kettering General Hospital. Looking SE from the car park towards the main entrance. John Winterbottom / Kettering General Hospital / CC BY-SA 2.0

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