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Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Client: Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

Principal Contractor: Interserve

Value: £17.5m

The new Malvern Community Hospital provides local residents with up-to-date, modern facilities and has improved local access to consultation, diagnosis and treatment whilst reducing pressure on acute hospital services. The 24-bed community hospital consists of minor injuries, x-ray, physiotherapy, outpatients department, minor operating theatre and incorporates a healthy lifestyle initiative which includes a healthy living centre, an online health information hub and a falls prevention clinic.

The building utilises renewable geothermal energy for heating, cooling and hot water, using ground source heat pumps to harness solar energy absorbed by the earth. It also generates low carbon electricity using highly efficient combined heat and power that will meet a significant proportion of the buildings needs. By generating its own green power, the hospital is projected to save £8,700 per year on its energy bills, and reduce its carbon emissions by 15 tonnes per annum, equating to the environmental benefit of 1,500 trees.

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