We have been shortlisted for Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability in the HSJ Awards 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

We have been shortlisted for our commitment to improving environmental and social sustainability as part of Southmead Hospital’s re-development and the Brunel building.

The Brunel building at Southmead Hospital

The Brunel building was named the best designed large hospital internationally at the European Healthcare Design Awards earlier this year. Inspired by a Norwegian hospital, the Brunel building utilises natural light, bringing the outside indoors.

The HSJ Awards celebrate and promote the finest achievements in NHS. The shortlisting for Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability recognised a number of features in the Brunel building including the design positioned to minimise heat loss, a sustainable urban drainage system, bespoke rainwater recycling facility, an award-winning travel plan and green features throughout the site.

Simon Wood, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning commented: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this HSJ award. Our sustainable health and capital planning team, along with the architect BDP and Carillion Construction worked tirelessly to deliver the remarkable building we have today.”

We will find out if we have been successful at the awards ceremony in London in November later this year.


The shortlisting recognised the following key sustainability features within the design of the Brunel building;

• Strict energy consumption targets (40GJ/100m3)
• A comprehensive Building Management System with metering at ward level
• No artificial mechanical ventilation or cooling in patient bedrooms or the public atrium
• Passive design building orientated to minimise heat loss and avoid excess solar gain
• Waste heat recovery from ventilation heat extract system
• Good insulation
• Sensor controlled and natural lighting
• Integrated Energy Centre with biomass boiler
• Cycle hub facility (600+ secure cycle parking, showers, lockers)
• Comprehensive travel plan
• High quality pedestrian and cycle routes and access, including shared open spaces and segregated footpaths and cycle ways to the site
• Enhanced public transport access and improved bus timetables
• Sustainable urban drainage systems
• Rainwater recycling facility
• Water efficient appliances
• Green Guide A/A+ rated products
• Responsible sourcing of construction products (e.g. FSC wood)
• Two therapy gardens and six landscaped courtyards
• Six green/brown roofs (~ 1,442m2)
• Approximately 1,000 new trees/shrubs.
• 4 attenuation ponds
• 440m swales
• Provision of 200 local apprenticeships through the construction and development phase
• Provision of jobs for local people
• 85% of contractors were local