Case Study

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

01 / Case Study

Southmead Hospital

DSSR was responsible for the development of bid proposals for the site re-configuration and full design of Mechanical, Electrical, and Public Health services for the new Southmead Hospital building.

Map data: Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO IBCAO Landsat/Copernicus

Location / Bristol, England

Contract Value / £300m

Architect / BDP

Client / Carillion

Completion / 2019

02 / Overview

Overview of the Southmead Hospital project

This PFI development included the replacement of existing facilities, improving accommodation across two sites at Southmead Hospitaland Frenchay Hospitals.

The Brunel Building, a state-of-the-art development situated on the Southmead site, stands as a testament to innovation in healthcare. With a capacity of 800 beds, the hospital encompasses a range of clinical acute departments alongside specialist facilities such as intraoperative theatre/MR scanners and a vascular hybrid theatre, enabling advanced surgical procedures. Overcoming various design challenges, the project embraced off-site modularisation, ensuring swift construction and timely delivery, particularly in the wards.

Addressing sustainability goals, the project prioritised energy consumption and carbon emissions reduction. To meet these targets, a biomass boiler was incorporated into the design, with the potential for future integration of combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The energy centre, an integral component, features three 4MW dual-fuel gas/light oil boilers supplemented by a 1.6MW biomass wood chip boiler installation. Electrical supply is facilitated through dual incoming high-voltage (HV) connections, efficiently distributed via multiple dual transformer substations. A robust backup system comprises five 2MVA generators, providing N+1 standby power. Energy efficiency measures were implemented, including heat recovery from the chiller plant and heat recovery integrated into ventilation systems. These efforts contributed to the Brunel Building’s achievement of a BREEAM Excellent rating, underscoring its commitment to sustainable design and operations.

03 / Contact

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