Interserve Press Office | Apr 02, 2014
The latest in a number of projects to be constructed by Interserve for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has secured first place in this year’s Best of BREEAM Awards.
The international support services and construction group saw off fierce competition to be handed the award as part of the project team for the new Elective Orthopaedic Theatre building at Nottingham City Hospital, being constructed under the P21+ framework agreement.
BREEAM Awards are made annually, and recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design and construction of BREEAM assessed buildings. With a top score of 78.81% the Elective Orthopaedic Theatre building would in previous years automatically have won the award. However, this year judging criteria were based around project performance and a written case study in order to create a shortlist of highest scoring buildings. This shortlist was then put forward to a panel of eminent industry judges, comprised of the Green Building Council, the Crown Estate, the Cabinet Office, CIBSE and The Chair of BRE Global.
Commenting on behalf of Interserve, Elaine Neal, who was responsible for co-ordinating the BREEAM process, said:
“Teamwork was the key to the success of this project. The team delivering the BREEAM rating was appointed at an early stage and had worked together previously. This fostered good communications and a wide focus on achieving BREEAM, which delivered an efficient and cost effective approach. The construction team has also been involved at the design stage, which will provide momentum and continuity when the scheme seeks post-construction rating.
“The long-term partnership between the Trust and Interserve has allowed them to develop their approach to sustainability and BREEAM. Lessons learnt from applying BREEAM to other projects have been fed into the theatre project.”
Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM said:
"The outstanding quality of this year's winning projects has set the sustainable development bar even higher. They are not only testament to incredible technological ingenuity but also to the resourcefulness and vision of the teams that brought them to life and their ability to put people at their heart."
The Elective Theatres building is located on the City Hospital campus, just north of Nottingham City Centre. The building is being constructed on the site of an existing hospital building, will have a floor area of 2058 m2, and will primarily be single storey. It will provide surgical facilities for the treatment of injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including surgery on joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
The project is due for handover in March 2015. Its clinical nature and the need to provide a sterile environment posed a challenge to achieving BREEAM on the project. The scheme has a number of environmental features which impressed the judges, including reduced carbon emissions; efficient use of water; life cycle costing used to guide the selection of the main building elements; the use of low impact, responsibly sourced materials (mostly A or A+ rated); and a site waste management plan focused on waste prevention.
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