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Future Energy Solutions diagnoses the ideal LED lighting solution for Spire Healthcare

Future Energy Solutions diagnoses the ideal LED lighting solution for Spire Healthcare

The second largest provider of private healthcare in the UK, Spire Healthcare was formed in 2007 through the buy-out of 25 BUPA hospitals by the private equity firm, Cinven. Now with a network of 38 private hospitals and 10 clinics, the organisation undertakes a wide variety of activities and offers a full range of integrated surgical, medical and diagnostic services.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable operating practices are very important to the company, with energy conservation guidelines issued to each hospital to minimise the amount of electricity and gas consumed. ‘As part of our on-going process of improvement, we recognised the need to reduce our lighting related energy spend and also maintain good levels of illumination in our external car parking areas for the benefit of our staff, patients and visitors,’ explains Nigel Sharp, National Engineering and Estates Manager at Spire Healthcare. ‘We invited three companies, including Future Energy Solutions (FES), to tender for the project and make their recommendations for an upgrade.’

Firmly established as one of the world’s leading energy performance solutions providers, FES boasts an unrivalled level of experience and has helped organisations of various sizes in a diverse range of vertical sectors benefit from lighting emitting diode (LED) lighting technology. Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at FES, says, ‘Our own extensive research into trends in the sector has indicated that energy costs will double between 2014 and 2020. Furthermore, the projects we have worked on previously have consistently shown that using LED technology can reduce lighting bills by up to 65 per cent. It is therefore clear that LED is the right technology at the right time.’

FES decided that it would make sense to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study to scope the objectives and to determine the optimal LED lighting and commercial solution for Spire Healthcare. After sharing the findings of the study with Nigel Sharp, he felt FES made the best case for helping the company achieve its aims and awarded FES the contract.

In order to maximise return on investment (ROI) on the designated CaPex budget, the first phase of the project focused on 21 sites. FES created a full project scope for the supply and installation of the LED lighting, which was broken down site-by-site, and a fully comprehensive rollout plan began in June 2014.

One of the initial obstacles that FES had to overcome concerned the fact that the existing infrastructure comprised over 1,000 fittings and 44 different luminaire types, ranging from small 50W bulkhead fittings to large 1000W floodlights, all of various ages and conditions. In order provide a degree of uniformity FES installed five core LED replacement luminaires from the Thorlux lighting range – the Corn Lamp, Flood, Wallpack, 1500mm LED Luminaire and Globe.

SPIRE offices - AFTER
SPIRE offices – AFTER

Now in-situ, these luminaires have achieved in excess of 70 per cent energy savings from a simple point-for-point replacement, while also providing 25 per cent better light output. Furthermore, the newly installed luminaires have an enhanced rated life in the scale of 3-20 times that of the old luminaires.

FES has calculated that Spire Healthcare will save in excess of £525,000 over a 10-year period. This figure comprises over £385,000 in energy savings, over £110,000 in maintenance costs, and £27,000 in environmental tax savings related to its inclusion in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, as well as additional resource savings. With an overall energy usage reduction in excess of 266,000kWh, the effect on the environment will also be significant too, with carbon dioxide (CO2), mono-nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions all drastically lowered.

The results have been dramatic and as well as making instant financial savings, the lit environment has been significantly improved. Spire Healthcare’s Nigel Sharp, concludes, ‘Our initial plan was to design and deliver an optimal energy efficient scheme to replace all of our external lighting and realise an average reduction in energy consumption of 60 per cent across the 21 sites. This has been achieved and, just as importantly, throughout every aspect of what was sometimes a challenging project, FES remained professional, flexible, and delivered above our expectations. We are now looking to expand the project to the remaining sites and I look forward to working with FES in the future.’

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or marcus.brodin@feslighting.co.uk