Midpark Hospital named UK’s most-sustainable healthcare body

Scottish hospital scoops BREEAM award for the ‘world-class’ sustainability

There was reason to celebrate for the team behind Midpark Hospital

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been presented with a prestigious BREEAM award for the ‘world-class’ sustainability credentials of its Midpark Hospital acute mental health inpatient facility.

The facility, which was built by Laing O’Rourke and opened in 2012, was rated as the best-performing healthcare building at BREEAM’s 25th annual awards.

One of 11 buildings from across sectors to receive an award for its social, environmental or economic credentials, from a shortlist of 50 across Europe, Midpark Hospital’s BREEAM assessment also placed it in the top 1% of NHS Scotland properties for energy performance, receiving an Energy Performance Certificate A rating.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s chief executive, Jeff Ace, was presented with the award in front of the hospital by the team who designed and built the facility: Construction partner, Laing O’Rourke; engineering consultancy, Arup; and architects, ArchialNORR.

Innovative features of the hospital include:

  • Unique anti-ligature windows created especially for the facility, minimising the risk of harm for patients while maximising natural light; allowing all patient areas to be naturally ventilated and including wind catchers for internal areas to reduce carbon emissions
  • Low water-use appliances and energy- and water sub-metering
  • An energy system fuelled by biomass for heating and domestic hot water production

Ace said: “We are delighted that Midpark Hospital has been recognised for its excellent environmental credentials.

“We are looking forward to working with Laing O’Rourke as our construction partners as part of the High Wood Health consortium, which is also building the new district general hospital.”

Steve Irvine, Laing O’Rourke operations leader, added: “We are delighted to be presenting NHS Dumfries and Galloway with this award. The collaborative efforts of our client, designers, and delivery team have balanced a safe, healing environment with highly-efficient energy performance - making Midpark Hospital one of the best-performing healthcare buildings in the country.”

Midpark Hospital replaced the accommodation previously provided by Crichton Royal Hospital. It has six wards and 85 beds in a modern, stable and secure environment for patients requiring specialist care.

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