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Leeds General Infirmary

11 Jun 2014
Case study

Project: Leeds General Infirmary

Objective: Upgrade of existing hospital central heating and air handling within a large and dated complex to create a far more efficient, responsive and more easily maintained system.

Issues: Critically, ensuring optimum temperature and air handling control within hospital operating theatres and wards for patients and staff.

Time-consuming and costly maintenance of existing system.

Minimising disruption over multiple floors, throughout various departments and hospital buildings, the original parts of which were opened in 1869 by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII.

Scaling within the existing system causing inefficient and costly system performance.

Solution: An ongoing central heating system upgrade involving the installation of six MagnaClean magnetic filters across the entire hospital site.

Result: Immediate system improvement following installation to provide responsive temperature control. Crucially, maintenance was undertaken without the need for costly, disruptive and protracted remedial renovation work to replace the system.

Verdict: "The MagnaClean units have already been removing high levels of magnetite sludge from the system and this has totally negated the need for far more intrusive and costly maintenance. Based on what we’ve seen already, I’m confident about achieving the temperature levels required. The theatres are the biggest concern, but we’ve been fulfilling the requirements and the transformation in the system has been remarkable."

Stuart Keane, Leeds Infirmary Estates Department Mechanical Team Leader