Case Study

Atherleigh Park Mental Health Unit

01 / Case Study

Atherleigh Park Mental Health Unit

Energy and carbon emissions were a big factor for the project and DSSR reviewed various options for reducing energy and carbon emissions using renewable and LZC technologies.

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Location  / Atherleigh Park, Leigh

Contract Value  /  £16.5m

Architect  / AFL Architects

Client  / Kier Construction for 5 Boroughs NHS Trust

Completion  /  2018

02 / Overview

Overview of the Forth Valley Royal Hospital project

DSSR reviewed energy-efficient options, emphasizing renewable and LZC technologies. They also developed innovative on-demand ventilation strategies for clinical spaces, meeting clinical requirements while minimizing energy consumption. Collaborating with stakeholders and end-users, DSSR integrated advanced ventilation systems, contributing to a sustainable solution.

The New Build Mental Health Unit development encompasses several key components, including a Reception area, Café, FM Support facilities, a 20-bed Male Acute Ward, a 20-bed Female Acute Ward, an 8-bed Mixed PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit), a Section 136 Suite, a Dementia Ward, and an Older People’s Ward. Throughout the project, energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction were given significant consideration. DSSR, in collaboration with the project stakeholders, undertook a thorough review of various options to achieve these goals, focusing on the implementation of renewable and Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies.

One notable aspect of the design was the development of innovative on-demand ventilation strategies for the clinical spaces. Working closely with Users, Estates, and Infection Control, DSSR ensured that the ventilation systems met the specific clinical function requirements while minimising energy consumption. This approach aimed to create a balance between maintaining optimal air quality and reducing energy usage, resulting in a sustainable and efficient solution.

By incorporating renewable and LZC technologies and implementing energy-saving strategies, the Mental Health Unit development not only provides essential care facilities but also prioritises environmental sustainability. The collaboration between DSSR, project stakeholders, and end-users allowed for the integration of advanced ventilation systems that met the specific needs of clinical spaces while reducing energy consumption. This commitment to energy efficiency aligns with the broader goal of creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious healthcare facility.

03 / Contact

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