Energy centre project will enable estates development at Kettering General Hospital

ETL appointed to select supplier for major energy-saving project

ETL has been commissioned to help Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust select a supplier for a major energy-saving project.

The trust wants to build a new energy centre for the hospital, which provides acute healthcare for north Northamptonshire and south Leicestershire, including accident and emergency and maternity services.

It will be upgrading its energy back-up generation infrastructure, as well as introducing energy conservation measures, such as smart lighting.

It is anticipated that the energy savings will be delivered under an energy performance contract (EPC) and will be guaranteed for 10-15 years.

ETL will use its award-winning EPC framework to enable supplier selection.

The OJEU-compliant procurement route offers a market-ready list of nine trusted energy companies (ESCos) and guarantees cost/energy savings to its clients.

Since ETL launched its first EPC framework in 2014, it has channelled more than £100m into the NHS, delivered over £24m of energy savings and working with 21 NHS trusts, 28 acute hospitals, and over 30 community-based sites.

Improving infrastructure on NHS sites is fundamental to ensuring the health sector is prepared for future service delivery

ETL will run a mini competition among its suppliers and facilitate the process, which will include site visits and technical discussions.

Once the supplier is chosen, ETL will provide the appropriate terms and conditions to enable an indepth survey of the proposed solution.

It is anticipated that a supplier will be chosen by the end of 2019, with construction on the new energy centre due to start in May or June 2020.

ETL is also helping to develop Kettering’s strategic sustainability and carbon reduction plans to ensure the trust meets its ambitious targets and is prepared for future estate growth.

Sustainability director at ETL, Alexandra Hammond, said: “Improving infrastructure on NHS sites is fundamental to ensuring the health sector is prepared for future service delivery.

“Additionally, the NHS has been charged with being carbon zero by 2050. The challenges are substantial.”

He added: “Trust leaders and estates teams know what they need to do, but they are looking for ways to make it happen.

Our framework takes away the complexity of energy-saving procurement and provides a fast route to market.

“We remain a trusted advisor throughout the process and enable progress through mediation and strategic counsel.”

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