The Trust has recently secured £25 million to invest in plans to improve the infrastructure of the hospital and secure its long term future. Some parts of the hospital, notably the boilers and heating and electrical plants are over 50 years old and action is required now to proactively maintain the operational effectiveness of the facility.
To be built on the existing hospital grounds, the new Energy Centre will house a primary intake substation, emergency generators, a boiler plant, oil fuel storage facilities, water storage and other related medical and electrical infrastructure. In addition to these facilities and the superstructure, NG Bailey will also construct two underground walkways linking the new Energy Centre to existing energy and maintenance infrastructure.
NG Bailey is already onsite, having been contracted to upgrade existing electrical infrastructure, and had to develop complex plans to maintain services critical to the hospital during both the construction and switchover phases of the works in order to win the tender. It is hoped work will commence with the next month and that the Energy Centre will be fully operational in 2018.