A combined Skanska and Capital Hospitals Limited team recently welcomed a delegation from Quebec City, Canada, who were keen to learn more about innovative energy solutions at Barts Hospital.
The contingent consisted of Jonatan Julien, Vice-President of the Executive Committee, Quebec City, plus six additional public officials and representatives of the research body which advises Quebec’s largest hospitals.
The group went to Barts hospital to find out about the combined cooling, heating and power solution implemented by SRW and maintained by Facilities Services, after finding out about it on the internet.
The visit, arranged through Barts Health NHS Trust, saw ‘Pink Power’, as it is known, become the topic of conversation, particularly around deployment and maintenance. The delegation was interested in the third-party funded model, and the performance guarantee, and how they might mirror the arrangement in Canada.
Richard Byers, Pre-Construction Director, said: “Skanska completed the installation, which was the first of its kind in the UK, where a separately third-party funded installation and service was included in an existing private finance initiative arrangement at the hospital.
“Skanska secured the £2.5 million third-party funded capital cost, via the Green Investment Bank, and guarantees the availability of the equipment for seven-year period. Barts pays a monthly fee to Skanska for the period, based on the performance of the equipment.
“The pink colour was chosen to raise awareness for breast cancer charities.”