Project: Foresterhill Energy Centre, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Client: NHS Grampain
PSCP: Laing O’Rourke
PSC Cost Advisor: Gardiner & Theobald
Value: £13m
Delivery Model: Frameworks Scotland
Completion Date: June 2012

Constructed within the grounds of a live hospital, the new Energy Centre delivered under Frameworks Scotland supplies steam and electricity to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Campus. The early collaboration and innovative thinking on this project led to the facility achieving an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and was named the 2012 BREEAM ‘Industry’ award winner – the only project in Scotland to receive the prestigious award. The annual award ceremony recognises the leading examples of construction projects that demonstrate a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design and construction.

The facility included an energy efficient combined heat and power (CHP) unit – natural gas turbine to generate electricity as well as capturing resulting thermal energy; Biomass heating technology – burning wood chips in a steam boiler to reduce CO² emissions by an estimated 17%.

Laing O’Rourke used 3D modelling and extensive off-site manufacturing of mechanical & electrical equipment to improve the efficiency of site operation and assure the safety of staff on site. Off-site testing and pre-commissioning of plant and service models ensured that the client received a reliable, high quality installation.