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By: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

The ability to cope with the expansion of the laundry services and the increased steam output

Difficult to quantify due to increase in hospital site; however, estimated to be in £000's pa

Replacement of mechanical chiller during 2003/4 with a more economically efficient and sustainable absorption chiller, thus reducing operating costs because it is powered by low-grade waste heat. The hospital site already had "waste heat" available from the on-site laundry services which could be recycled within the absorption chiller system.

William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent

Environmental initiative for existing plant replacement programme

Design services were undertaken in-house through the Trust's Design & Construction Services in conjunction with Climate Equipment Ltd and the experienced site Estates Department. The lead contractor, Greenwood Contractors Ltd, were experienced in this area and had been selected through a competitive tender exercise.


Initially, there were some concerns regarding space restrictions for the implementation of the new plant equipment. This posed limitations with regards design and installation capabilities. Once these were overcome, the only negative impacts were related to the changeover of systems and the integration online of the new absorption chiller.

Dean Paterson, Estates Project Manager, dean.paterson@ekht.nhs.uk, 01303852773