Spire Nottingham Achieves Very Good BREEAM Rating

Spire Nottingham is a hospital Located in Tollerton, South Nottingham near Nottingham City Airport offering a range of hospital services. The hospital will deliver a modern sophisticated environment for patients, providing oncology and endoscopy units.

The hospital is a redevelopment of a brownfield site sitting within several grade II listed buildings adjacent to a live runway that was previously used in the second world war. The design of the hospital was very important, ensuring that the aesthetic, design and layout were both sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and enhanced patient wellbeing. Building materials were used to complement the adjacent buildings. Another important aspect of the design were windows allowing patients a ‘view-out’ into the surrounding scenery.

The building was completed in 2017 and has recently been certified as a BREEAM Very Good building. Mainer Associates worked closely with Parker Wilson Consulting and the design team to ensure the asset was compliant with BREEAM standards throughout the course of the development.

Our BREEAM Assessors engaged with responsible team members at design stage and as a result, the development initially achieved a very good rating for design-stage certification. This alleviated a lot of unnecessary work and pressure from the project team at later stages of the development and construction phase. BREEAM Credits that are more practical and viable to gain in the early stages and contribute towards the rating were achieved.

Doing this puts any project in a good position to achieve the targeted certification at post-construction stage. Although it may sound obvious, for BREEAM assessments, starting at the start is critical.

Mainer Associates have enjoyed working alongside Parker Wilson Consulting as M&E Engineers, Morgan Sindall as the main contractor and Halliday Meacham as project Architects, on what is now a fantastic healthcare building.

Significant sustainability measures that were implemented on the project to help reduce the buildings environmental impact and achieve a very good rating included, selecting LED lighting, sustainable drainage systems, passive design measures and installation of photovoltaics and a heat recovery system.

The LED lighting helps the development maximise energy efficiency and with daylighting controls also installed, lighting is not used unnecessarily. The engineers also demonstrated a 15% reduction in the buildings cooling load as a result of passive design measures. This reduction reiterates the importance of committing to credits early in design stages. The combination of PV and heat recovery systems offer further operational energy reduction and provide more sustainable forms of energy production.

Overall, it has been a great project to be part and it is reassuring healthcare buildings are being built to exemplary sustainability standards.