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Green hospital to save PS1m a year.

HOSPITAL bosses say the new Royal Liverpool hospital will be one of the "greenest" - saving around PS1m in energy bills.

Carillion, principal contractor for the Royal, reckons the new facility will use around half of the energy consumed by the current hospital.

The Trust currently spends more than PS2.7m a year on powering the Royal, meaning the new hospital will save them more than PS1m a year, which can be reinvested into patient care.

The energy saved would be enough to power nearly 2,000 households a year and will ensure the hospital meets NHS energy targets.

Helen Jackson, director of strategy and redevelopment at the trust, said: "Sustainability was a key feature for us and has been very important to the design of the new Royal. It will be far more energy efficient, much cheaper to power and the impact it has on the environment will be greatly reduced compared to the current building."

The facility will get 10% of its energy from renewable sources, with a borehole on site to support heating in winter and cooling in the summer.

This will help the hospital to reduce its carbon emissions - equivalent to saving an area of tropical rainforest the size of Anfield, Goodison and Prenton Park combined.

Water usage will be reduced by 125 mega litres of water - nearly enough water to fill a bath for everyone living in Liverpool; through recycling and cleaning rainwater and water used in the hospital; new automatic flushing systems and better water pressure controls.

Twenty per cent of the materials used in construction will come from recycled materials and Carillion says none of the waste during construction will be taken to landfill.

Carillion's operations director for the development, David Kennedy, said: "We've designed the new Royal to incorporate some of the very latest in green technology to ensure the building and its operation are sustainable for the years and generations to come." Construction is due to start in February.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2013
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