New hospitals set for a sustainable future

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has set an ambition to meet up new standards for greener and much more sustainable hospitals in the united kingdom, within its Hospitals into the future Project that will start to see the construction of two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Leeds.

The Trust’s original design briefing for the brand new hospitals featured issues surrounding sustainability and environmental impact. Energy, carbon emissions and the usage of sustainable construction methods and materials are believed as regions of particular significance to the Trust.

The brand new hospitals, that will incorporate Leeds Children’s Hospital and an adults’ hospital at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), will undoubtedly be built on elements of the old LGI site which are becoming demolished. The project is area of the Trust’s Building the Leeds Way (BtLW) programme.

Simon Worthington, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Director of Senior and Finance Responsible Officer for the Building the leeds Way Programme, said: “It’s the Trust’s goal to become among the greenest NHS Trusts in the united kingdom and we’ve made great strides within the last couple of years towards making that happen inside our current operations.

“However the building of the brand new hospitals, and the redevelopment of large elements of the old LGI site, would be the biggest development in the populous city centre in a generation. We knew from the outset that it’s vital that the brand new hospitals ought to be designed and constructed to a rigorous group of requirements, to guarantee the construction of responsible buildings environmentally, just for today but also for another 60 years and beyond not.

“Compared to that end we managed to get plain that we wished to see a built-in approach from our designers that delivers top notch patient facilities that minimise waste; minimise energy use through the use of renewable energy sources, construction methods and materials; and strives to aid the Rely upon delivering its ambition towards achieving net zero carbon.

“We’re pleased and impressed with the outline proposals submit by our architects Perkins & Will  and our other design associates including WSP that are the look lead for net and sustainability zero carbon .  The proposals seek to handle our sustainability criteria with a holistic, whole life-cycle method of focussing upon net-zero carbon and which also seeks to provide against construction industry benchmark standards such as WELL and BREEAM.”

Mike Bacon, Building the Leeds Way Programme Director, said: “Close collaboration between your BtLW Programme Team and our designers will support the ambition to provide truly sustainable, long-life buildings which will be adaptable to the changing nature of healthcare fully.

“Having a patient-centred approach in addition has led to the look of a building with a lot of natural light whilst the whole-life carbon impact of the building will be minimised through the careful collection of materials.  Heat will undoubtedly be preserved through high degrees of insulation and the provision of window areas that efficiently balance the penetration of daylight and heat loss.”

He added: “Sustainability isn’t just vital that you us in the look and build phases of the brand new hospitals, it has additionally played a significant role in the demolition of these elements of the Leeds General Infirmary site which are being cleared to create way for both new hospitals.

“Dealing with DSM Demolition, we intend to recycle between 95 to 99 % of the old buildings, with current recycle rates running at 97 % approximately, with brickwork used and crushed for hardcore in the construction industry, and metals recovered from the website being weighed in and melted down for reuse.”

A number of the sustainability measures which are being considered as area of the design proposals for both new hospitals for Leeds include:

  • Rainwater collection and bio-filtration
  • Grey water reuse
  • Onsite solar technology harvesting
  • Passive design & energy re-capture (the capture and reuse of waste heat)
  • Maximising the capture and usage of natural light
  • Natural ventilation
  • Proposed provision for bird, bat and bee hotels
  • Outdoor gardens and terraces
  • Sophisticated energy management systems that maximise energy efficiency and minimise waste

THE BRAND NEW Hospitals for Leeds project is among 40 new hospitals the federal government has focused on build by 2030. It really is planned that the brand new facilities in Leeds will be fully operational in 2027.


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