GLOUCESTERSHIRE Royal Hospital’s Tower Block is to undergo a multi-million-pound facelift that will transform the city’s skyline.
The hospital’s trust has secured £10.9m government funding to transform the 1970s concrete structure into a modern, contemporary and elegant building which will enhance energy efficiency, significantly reduce carbon emissions and improve the architectural aesthetics of the city.
To ensure the scheme achieves its full potential the Hospitals Trust will invest an additional £1.2m capital funding meaning a total funding package of £12.1m.
The 11-storey Tower Block will be wrapped in two-toned façade panelling. The projecting balconies will be overlayed in matt silver panels which will angle back to the main face of the tower.
The main façade will be a darker grey than the silver to the walkways to give a contrast, reflecting the original projecting walkway. The existing windows will also be replaced with modern, contemporary tripled glazed windows throughout creating a general aesthetic of elegant simplicity.
Other features of the work programme include the installation of a 200kW air source heat pump which will provide low carbon heat to the hospital, as well as upgrades to the heating hot water controls systems which will further reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.
Works also include the installation of roof insulation to the kitchen and restaurant area and improvements to the steam distribution system which will also generate carbon and financial savings.
Once complete, the Trust’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 1,389 tonnes a year while achieving energy efficiency savings in excess of £82,000 per year.
The trust’s official energy services provider, Vital Energi, will design and deliver the energy projects through the Carbon and Energy Fund Framework, which has been specifically created to deliver complex energy infrastructure upgrades for public sector organisations.
A planning application has been submitted and subject to approval it is hoped work will start in the spring to be completed by winter 2024.
NHS foundation trust chief executive Deborah Lee said: “This investment will not only provide significant environmental benefits but will also enhance the aesthetic appearance of the Tower Block and bringing with it all those softer associations such as improved morale, staff recruitment and retention and a better public perception of our hospitals.”
The cash boost comes on top of an additional £100m-plus capital investment across both hospital sites at Cheltenham and Gloucester.