University Hospital of North Tees - Solar PV
University Hospital of North Tees – Solar PV
End Client: University Hospital of North Tees
M&E Contractor: NG Bailey Limited
Main Contractor: Seddon Construction
The University Hospital of North Tees has undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment programme as part of a wider remit to improve infrastructure. As part of the programme carried out by N G Bailey Limited, a requirement for generation of renewable energy was specified for two areas of the hospital building, on an existing roof area and on a new build energy centre.
As one of the busiest hospitals in the North East, health and safety planning was a major determining factor. The installation had to be completed without impacting ambulance services, critical services delivery or patient safety in the sensitive NHS environment.
Square 4 Services was selected for its wealth of expertise and experience on large scale solar PV design, installation services and its ability to demonstrate a robust planning programme that allowed the installations to completed in the safest manner and to complete satisfaction of the NHS Trust.
During the design of the solar PV systems, Square 4 Services advised the NHS Trust of the benefits of integrating the solar PV system into the fire safety set-up across the hospital, ensuring the solar PV system would switch off in the event of an emergency.
The NHS welcomed the proactive and responsible approach to fire safety and insisted this measure was implemented in order to improve the safety of staff, the general public and emergency services on hospital premises.
Square 4 Services completed a solar PV installation of 250kWp to schedule, despite severe weather throughout the six-week programme of activity.
“Square 4 Services provided an exemplary pre-project service, preparing a detailed analysis of cost benefit, energy and CO2 savings for the proposed PV system, providing advice and recommendations on installation methods. This resulted in their appointment to install two arrays as part of the energy infrastructure upgrade projects at the University Hospital of North Tees. When ready, each array was commissioned efficiently – the detailed knowledge of the Commissioning Engineer was particularly impressive, instilling confidence with RPS, the NHS Trust and the DNO Witnessing Engineer, leading to trouble free acceptance of the G59 connection. Since being put into service, the arrays have performed reliably, generating the expected savings for the hospital,” commented Ed McNaught, Technical Director at RPS.
Luke Stonehouse, Site Manager, added: “It was a pleasure working with the Square 4 Services installation team – their efficiency and work ethic is to be admired.”