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20 April 2015

Midpark Hospital UK's 'Most Sustainable Healthcare Building' - BREEAM

Laing O’Rourke and our partners on the Midpark Hospital project have presented NHS Dumfries and Galloway with a prestigious BREEAM award for the ‘world-class’ sustainability credentials of the acute mental health inpatient facility. 

The facility, which opened in 2012, was rated as the best performing healthcare building at BREEAM’s 25th annual awards. It was one of 11 buildings from across sectors to receive an award for its social, environmental or economic credentials - from a shortlist of 50 buildings 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 last week 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 for this 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    

NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Chief Executive Jeff 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 building the new district general hospital.”   

Steve Irvine, Laing O’Rourke operations leader, said:   

“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 opened in 2012, replacing the accommodation previously provided by Crichton Royal Hospital. It provides six wards and 85 beds in a modern, stable and secure environment for patients requiring specialist care. 

 BREEAM was the world’s first sustainability standard for buildings, communities and homes and is now used in over 70 countries around the world, providing a range of to clients. The shortlisted BREEAM projects had all been assessed under sustainable buildings standard BREEAM in 2014-15.

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