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Salford Royal Hospital

Hospital invests in energy saving chilled beams to provide comfort cooling and heating

The Manchester and Salford Pain Centre (MSPC) is located in a new purpose-built extension to the existing Irvine Building and is part of the hospital’s extensive building programme, which is being phased over five years.

Patients are benefiting from low energy cooling and heating in the new pain centre at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which is undergoing a £200 million modernisation programme.

Salford Royal Exterior

Salford’s pain centre is one of the country’s leading clinics for the management of all forms of pain and is a nationally acclaimed centre for excellence in the delivery of interdisciplinary Pain Management Programmers (PMPs). The programmers are provided on an outpatient basis as part of a comprehensive pain management service for sufferers of chronic pain.

As a designated low energy project, energy and running costs combined with aesthetic considerations were drivers for the pain centre’s fit-out in addition to patient and employee comfort. To this end, the consultant Engineers – AECOM (formerly Faber Maunsell) specified chilled beams for their energy efficiency, low noise levels and comfort benefits.

Waterloo’s active chilled beams and devices were selected and fitted by CMB Fylde Engineering into every room to supply cooling and heating. To minimize any possible air dumping on patients, the beams were mounted flush with the suspended ceiling and supported independently from the soffits. The chilled water flow to each beam is at 14°C with a return temperature of 17°C. Low temperature hot water is supplied at 45°C and returned at 35°C.

Salford Royal Management Centre

Active chilled beams provide a compact, energy efficient and aesthetic system for the delivery of heating and cooling and provide an excellent air pattern with good throw characteristics. Chilled beam technology offers an opportunity to save energy, reduce mechanical noise and improve indoor air quality in retrofit, renovation and new construction projects.

The potential energy reduction of using chilled beams instead of a traditional air-conditioning system can be as much as 50%, depending on the type of system, climate and building. The move towards more sustainable building designs combined with concerns about assuring a proper indoor environment for the building occupants increasingly sees chilled beams being specified over traditional air handling units.