Salford Royal Hospital, Salford

Project: Salford Royal Hospital, Salford

Patients are benefitting from a comfortable environment using low energy cooling and heating in the new Pain Centre at the Salford Royal Hospital which is undergoing a £200 million modernisation programme.

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.

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 Programmes. The programmes are provided on an out-patient basis as part of a comprehensive pain management service for suffers 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.

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.