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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Celebrating Sustainability in Healthcare

As the world marks Earth Day on April 22, Arrowe Park Hospital emerges as a shining example of how healthcare institutions can champion sustainability without compromising patient care.

Nestled in the heart of Wirral, their new Urgent and Emergency Care Upgrade Programme (UECUP) is a beacon of environmental responsibility.

The project’s Energy & Sustainability Statement reads like a manifesto for change. Its vision? To seamlessly blend healthcare with eco-conscious practices. How? By tapping into on-site renewable energy sources and embracing low or zero carbon technologies.

At Arrowe Park, “lean and clean” is not just a catchphrase—it’s a core strategy.

UECUPs architects and engineers have meticulously crafted a hospital that maximises natural light, minimises energy consumption, and optimises thermal comfort. The result? A building that meets the stringent standards set by Building Regulations and BREEAM (the world’s leading sustainability assessment method).

From state-of-the-art HVAC systems to intelligent lighting controls, Arrowe Park has left no stone unturned in its quest for energy efficiency. These systems not only reduce operational costs but also contribute to a healthier environment.

Kelvin Dunleavy, regional design and build manager at Tilbury Douglas, added: “It’s not just about what we build; it’s about how we build it.”

Prefabrication—a construction technique that involves assembling components off-site—has been a game-changer. It minimises waste and accelerates construction timelines.

Running a hospital around the clock is no small feat. Yet, Arrowe Park manages to balance patient care with environmental stewardship.

UECUP stands tall—a testament to the fact that healthcare and sustainability need not be at odds.