Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Cambridgeshire

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Case Study

Since 1983, the people of Huntingdonshire have relied on this Acute District General Hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So when its ageing infrastructure had to be replaced, the hospital needed a partner who could be trusted to deliver a new efficient heating and power solution – with no downtime.

‘Resilient’ is a good word to describe health service staff. But it also sums up the systems which hospitals must have in place to handle the unexpected. That’s why, in a healthcare setting, a heavy engineering project also becomes a delicate operation. Cost-efficiency is critical, but so is managing complexity. From design to delivery, the team at SSE Enterprise takes a ‘fail-safe’ approach. We implemented a full-scale plan – ultra-efficient CHP plant and boilers,* super low-loss transformer, new low voltage infrastructure and back-up generation, ensuring the whole system delivers N+1 resilience. And without a single ‘reportable incident’ in over 50,000 man hours worked.

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* ‘Combined heat and power’ plant – allowing the hospital to produce low cost electricity and hot water.

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