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COVER STORY: Health Minister’s praise for Northampton General ITU

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With high demand for services, and an ever-growing focus on the environmental impact and carbon reduction of new-build schemes, NHS Trusts are increasingly turning to Catfoss and the use of Modern Methods of Construction in the delivery of their estates strategies.

As a result, the company says, those Trusts are benefitting from new developments that can offer:

  • Excellent thermal properties, with low air permeability.
  • Lower embodied carbon, due to selection of materials and prefabrication resulting in less wastage.
  • Windows with triple glazing, good thermal properties, good acoustics, and good light transmission.
  • Low-energy lighting and LED luminaires.
  • Split metering of electrical lighting, power, and mechanical services, allowing targeting and monitoring. n Electrical energy supplemented by solar photovoltaic arrays.
  • VRV heating / cooling systems with a coefficient performance of above 4.
  • Conversion to electric heat pumps to lower carbon emissions; this will have increased future impact as the grid de-carbonises and renewable supplies increase.
  • Significant programme savings of up to 50% compared with traditional build.
  • Factory-manufactured buildings with stringent quality controls. 
  • Reduced traffic movements for delivery of the scheme, lowering the overall carbon footprint.
  •  A reduction in programme risk, since once the superstructure is delivered, modular building site works are unhindered by adverse weather conditions during winter months.

Northampton General Hospital has taken advantage of some of these benefits across the last two years by engaging Catfoss to deliver modular solutions for a Paediatric A&E extension, front entrance / retail building, and, as featured on the cover of this HEJ, a two-storey ITU building, which is now nearing completion / adoption by the Trust. A recent inspection of the ITU by the Minister of Health attracted glowing comments for the scheme, and it was stated “This new-build ITU is a real ‘cherry on the cake’ for Northampton General Hospital”.

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