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20 March 2012

NHS Grampian Energy Centre wins UK green buildings accolade at BREEAM Awards 2012

NHS Grampian's new Energy Centre building on the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen, has beaten competitors from around the UK to win the Industrial category in the BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) awards.

It is the only Scottish winner in this year's awards, being presented this evening (March 20), and achieved an 'Excellent' rating from BREEAM.

"This is a tremendous honour and we are very proud indeed to have the UK's leading eco-friendly industrial building, which is a cornerstone of our commitment to sustainability," said Gary Mortimer, General Manager Facilities and Estates.

"BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings and it is a major achievement for any organisation to meet their very demanding standards.

"This award recognises the achievement of the Frameworks Scotland team who have been involved in the design and construction of the Energy Centre, and also the considerable leadership and effort by NHS Grampian Facilities Performance & Governance Manager, Preston Gan." 

Mr Gan said: "A BREEAM award is the hallmark of environmental excellence. The features which contributed to our success include using a brownfield site, all areas of the building being naturally ventilated, and a third of the walls are covered by Forest Stewardship Council-sourced Western red cedar cladding. The building houses a Gas Turbine Combined Heat and Power plant, a biomass boiler and three dual fuel boilers, helping to substantially reduce carbon emissions. These provide steam and most of the electrical load to Foresterhill site, which includes Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

"It has been a team effort from the start, with the design team, including services, civil and structural engineers, architect and ecologist, working to the BREEAM standards. The contractor was equally driven to help achieve as high a score as possible through excellent site and waste management and achieving an exemplary Considerate Constructor Scheme score."

Mr Mortimer and Mr Gan will receive the BREEAM award for NHS Grampian at the Ecobuild event in London today (Tuesday, March 20).