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Work completes on £1.6 million energy infrastructure improvements at Whiston Hospital

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is set to unlock an annual saving of more than £500,000 on its energy bills thanks to the installation of new energy technology at Whiston Hospital.

The hospital, part of the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, invested £1.6 million to upgrade its existing energy infrastructure with state-of-the-art energy technology.

Delivered by Centrica Business Solutions in partnership with the hospital’s facilities management provider, Vinci Facilities, the project will also reduce the hospital’s annual carbon emissions by more than 3,000 tonnes– the equivalent to taking more than 615 cars off the road.

Work at Whiston Hospital included the installation of a new combined heat and power unit that will generate heat and electricity on site, as well as the replacement of an existing 4.5 MW boiler.

Alan Barlow, Director at Centrica Business Solutions said: “The installation of the new energy technology at Whiston Hospital will create significant energy savings and help towards carbon reduction targets. It will also play a critical role in maximising efficiency at the site and improving operational resilience.

Our research shows if just half of the NHS England estate adopted a similar approach, the combined annual saving would be more than £130 million - a huge saving that could be used to support frontline patient care for many years to come.
Alan Barlow Director at Centrica Business Solutions

David Downs, Facilities Manager at Whiston Hospital said: “This has been a fantastic project for Whiston Hospital. It has been so inspiring to see how driven every stakeholder was by the environmental and economic benefits the scheme brings to the Trust. Everyone involved worked so well together to deliver the scheme on time, on cost and to a very high quality.”

Dyan Clegg, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities at Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are very proud to have implemented this project working in collaboration with the Trust’s partners, delivering financial savings for the Trust and reducing carbon emissions. This has been a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the drive and ambition of all the stakeholders involved.”

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust provides a full range of acute healthcare services across their two sites; St Helens Hospital and Whiston Hospital. Whiston Hospital has more than 800 beds and serves communities across Merseyside.

Notes to editors

About Centrica:

  • Centrica plc is an international energy and services company. Our purpose is to provide energy and services to satisfy the changing needs of our customers.
  • We’ve been serving customers for over 200 years and aim to be at the centre of their daily lives - central to helping them run their world.
  • Distributed Energy and Power is part of our global division, Centrica Business, and has operations across 4,000 customer sites in 34 countries.
  • Under the Centrica Business Solutions brand, we deliver integrated energy solutions, combining distributed energy technologies and a variety of commercial options to help businesses and other large energy users to improve performance and cost management, strengthen resilience, and create opportunities for growth.

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