Neath Port Talbot Hospital, part of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Board, was constructed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to provide modern facilities that replaced two older hospitals in South Wales. Officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales, the 270-bed hospital provides a full range of medical services to the local community and includes a mental health unit.
Hale Village Properties wanted each home to achieve the standard for Code Level 4 Sustainable Homes. The standard required each property to be more energy efficient than homes built to 2006 Building Regulations. This required a centralised district heating system that could use renewable technologies to supply heat and hot water, reduce carbon emissions and offer environmental benefits.
The agreement with Veolia ensures the hospital has a wide range of mechanical, electrical, energy, utility, grounds and waste services provided by a dedicated on-site team.
The 15-strong on site Veolia team provide 24-hour cover for a range of mechanical and electrical services including CCTV, lifts, emergency generation and electrical supplies, chillers, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), access control, lighting, medical furniture, compressed air and medical gas supplies.
The team is also responsible for building fabric maintenance, fire alarms, protection and monitoring. Utilities managed under the contract include gas, electricity and hot and cold water supplies.
Effective control of the site’s energy is handled by the team using building energy management systems, monitoring and targeting software. This allows accurate consumption targeting and reporting. Veolia also liaises with the Environment Agency, on behalf of the hospital, for environmental reporting covering fossil fuel burning, noise, site tidiness and correct use of drains.
The modern Hospital building has extensive landscaped grounds with ornamental ponds designed to create a good patient care environment. Included in the on-site team are the specialist skills to ensure the building fabric and the grounds are maintained (including vermin control).
Handling and disposal of all types of waste is carried out by Veolia via a special waste transfer station that handles around 46 tonnes of waste a month and around 205 tonnes of clinical waste per annum.
Since 2003, the hospital has benefited from a dedicated on-site team and specialist mobile teams that manage a complete range of facilities. This service has optimised energy use and delivered value for money services to support the healthcare activities.