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DALKIA WINS B&ES-SPONSORED SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

B&ES chief executive Roderick Pettigrew (second from right) presents the Healthcare Estates Sustainability Award 2014 to Dalkia commercial director Colm Flanagan, while IHEEM president Greg Markham (left) and guest speaker World and Paralympic Champion and Gold medallist Mark Colbourne MBE look on.

B&ES chief executive Roderick Pettigrew (second from right) presents the Healthcare Estates Sustainability Award 2014 to Dalkia commercial director Colm Flanagan, while IHEEM president Greg Markham (left) and guest speaker World and Paralympic Champion and Gold medallist Mark Colbourne MBE look on.

Energy management services provider Dalkia is the winner of the Healthcare Estates Sustainable Achievement Award, which was sponsored this year by the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

The award relates to a £150m investment programme at the 480-bed Lister Hospital in Stevenage – part of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust – which, on its completion next year, will comprise an emergency department, additional wards and operating theatres, a maternity unit and an expanded critical care unit.

Central to the project was the trust’s determination to substantially reduce electricity and heating costs, as well as carbon emissions, on the Lister site.

The solution was found in the funding and construction by Dalkia – under a 15-year contract energy management agreement – of a combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre which, since it was commissioned in October last year, has been fulfilling the trust’s energy efficiency targets, as well as helping it to meet its environmental obligations.

The trust believes that the success of the project – which is expected to result in a £650,000 annual reduction in energy costs – was due in great part to the existence of a clear energy strategy, and the partnering approach it adopted in respect of its consultants and contractors.

B&ES chief executive Roderick Pettigrew presented the Sustainable Achievement Award to Colm Flanagan, Dalkia’s commercial director, at an awards dinner organised by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management during the recent Healthcare Estates Conference in Manchester.

“B&ES and its members have a long-established and often-expressed commitment to maximising the energy efficiency of buildings and to minimising their carbon emissions, ” commented Mr Pettigrew.

“Our sponsorship, via IHEEM, of this award further underlines our commitment – and I take this opportunity of congratulating Dalkia on a very significant contribution to the nation’s low-carbon future.”

Runner-up for the award was Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, in recognition of what is believed to be the first NHS “holistic” energy demand reduction scheme with a performance guarantee.

For IHEEM, chief executive Julian Amey acknowledged the importance of the existence of positive and enlightened relationships between his members and those of B&ES in creating the built environment of the future.

“Only by ensuring that all parties to the construction supply chain – including the client – work as a genuine team can we hope to achieve our aspirations in terms of carbon and energy reduction targets,” said Mr Amey.

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