New St George’s energy centre to save £1m annually

St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, is celebrating a major overhaul of its energy centre that the St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says will reduce the hospital’s annual energy bill by ‘at least 10 per cent’, i.e. by up to £1m. Delivered by Centrica Business Solutions, the project is guaranteed to save the hospital over £1m per year with no upfront cost, while reducing its annual carbon emissions by 20 per cent (6,000 tonnes).

Officially opened on 29 June, the energy centre features two CHP units that will deliver almost the hospital’s power requirememnt. Centrica also installed four boilers, a highly efficient chiller system, and energy-efficient lighting and controls. Jorge Pikunic, Centrica Business Solutions’ MD, said: “I believe this is one of the country’s most significant energy projects, and a demonstration of how energy technologies can be combined to transform ageing infrastructure to make it more resilient, reduce costs, and make a positive environmental impact.”

The energy centre has been delivered under a 15-year EPC that will include operations and maintenance support. St George’s is one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals. With 960 beds, and 24 operating theatres, it treats around a million patients annually, making it South West London’s largest healthcare provider.

Pictured (left to right) are: Shane Minehane, lead project manager at UK&I Distributed Energy and Power, Kim Riley, project manager, and Jorge Pikunic, MD, all of Distributed Energy and Power at Centrica, and the Trust’s director of estates and facilities, Kevin Howell.



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