New Royal will
be one of the 'greenest'
hospitals, saving around £1m in energy bills
DESIGNERS of the new Royal
Liverpool University Hospital say the world class new facility will
use around half of the energy consumed by the current hospital and
will be one of the 'greenest' hospitals in the country.
Carillion, principal contractor for the new Royal, has revealed how
plans will dramatically reduce the impact on the environment and
greatly enhance sustainability, compared with the current hospital.
The new Royal will need around half the amount of energy that is
used to power the current hospital each year (41 Giga-joules
compared to 79 Giga-joules). The Trust currently spends over
£2.7million a year on powering the Royal, meaning the new hospital
will save over £1m a year, which can be reinvested into patient
The energy saved would be enough to power nearly 2,000 households a
year and will ensure the new Royal meets NHS energy targets (45
Giga-joules per year).
The new Royal will get 10% of its energy from renewable sources with
a borehole on site to support heating in winter and cooling in the
summer. This will help the hospital to reduce its carbon emissions
from 140kg per m2 to 119kg per m2, which is equivalent to saving an
area of tropical rainforest the size of Anfield, Goodison and
Prenton Park combined!
Water usage in the new Royal will be reduced by 125 mega litres of
water, nearly enough water to fill a bath for everyone living in
Liverpool, through recycling and cleaning rainwater and water used
in the hospital, new automatic flushing systems and better water
20% of the materials used in constructing the new Royal will come
from recycled materials and Carillion says none of the waste during
construction will be taken to landfill.
With car parking underground, the hospital site will provide more
greenery and more attractive surroundings, with 1.5 acres of public
space, the size of a football pitch, at the green heart of the site.
There will be new and improved routes for public transport and cycle
access and there will be charging points for electric cars within
the grounds of the new Royal.
The new Royal has been designed to the most stringent environmental
standards, in line with the Building Research Establishment
Environment Assessment Model (BREEAM). This is recognised throughout
the world as setting the standard for best practice in sustainable
building design, construction and operation. Carillion's design for
the new Royal was rated as excellent in a BREEAM 2011
Carillionis also committed to ensuring the construction of the new
Royal provides local job sustainability with 60 locals out of every
100 construction workers and 15 of every 100 coming from priority
wards. The project will also provide around 100 apprenticeships for
local youngsters, as well as opportunities for homeless people to
gain employment and 60% of construction costs will be spent locally.
Carillion is also funding £100k to support local regeneration
initiatives – local charities, social enterprises or business
start-ups aimed at generating local growth. In addition, the
construction firm is donating a minimum of 746 hours of professional
staff time to provide learning and careers information to local
schools supporting initiatives in science, technology, engineering
Carillion's operations director for the new Royal, David Kennedy
said:- "We've made a real commitment to delivering local jobs
and training and supporting the development and growth of local
businesses with the aim of creating a sustainable economic legacy
for the local area. We've designed the new Royal to incorporate some
of the very latest in green technology to ensure the building, and
its operation are sustainable for the years and generations to come.
The team is looking forward to beginning construction in February
and launching the wide ranging initiatives we have planned to
benefit the local community. "
Helen Jackson, director of strategy and redevelopment at the Trust
said:- "Sustainability was a key feature for us and has been
very important to the design of the new Royal. We worked closely
with Carillion to ensure the design met the highest standards of
environmental assessment, as well as local priorities for
sustainability and regeneration. The new Royal will be far more
energy efficient, much cheaper to power and the impact it has on the
environment will be greatly reduced compared to the current
building. When it opens in 2017, the new Royal will be one of the
greenest hospitals in the country."
finest young voices have been given a starring role on the Lord
Mayor's charity Christmas CD
THE Lord Mayor of
Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar has released a special Christmas
album to raise money for his charities. He said:- "I had
the idea some time ago to create, record and produce a Christmas
album called 'Voices of Angels' and thanks to the help and support
of schools, individuals and my consort Steve MacFarlane I now have a
fantastic CD full of inspirational and uplifting tracks I am
delighted that we have managed to get the CD ready in time for
Christmas, the mix of voices is truly heartwarming to hear. I hope I
can encourage as many people as possible to go out and buy the CD,
at just five pounds this not only makes a great gift for someone for
Christmas but also goes a long way to helping out local charities."
One very special school involved in the CD is Springwood Heath
Primary School in Garston, a unique school that has a mix of
disabled and able bodied pupils, who recorded 2 fantastic tracks.
Bay TV Liverpool went along to the School with the Lord Mayor to
meet the teachers and pupils and to see 1st hand the enthusiasm
and energy regarding their involvement in the Christmas CD. To see
the school perform their song click
The CD has 10 tracks (iTunes will have 11) and includes an
introduction by Lord Mayor, Gary Millary and contributions from
Steve Macfarlane (unbiasedly amazing), Pacific Swing (wow), The
Mersey Voices (an over 65s choir based in Knotty Ash), the Academy
of St Francis of Assisi (a mixed faith Secondary School in
Kensington), The Night and Days (a stunning song), Jay P McWinen (a
great new Liverpool Christmas anthem), The Royal Court Theatre
Choir, Sparkle & Shine Theatre School, The Royal Liverpool Hospital
Staff Choir, Liverpool Welsh Choral (gives me goose bumps every time
I hear their 2 songs) and Springwood Heath Primary School (truly
Anyone wanting to purchase a copy of the CD, priced at £5, can do so
from the Town Hall,Parr Street Studios, the City's Cathedrals, the
Yacht Club, Urban Village in Williamson Square and copies can even
be delivered for a small charge. Anyone wanting more information can
contact Liverpool Town Hall on:- 0151 233 3020.
delivers 1st Phase of North West electrification
ELECTRIC trains have
started to operate over the railway between Newton Le Willows and
Castlefield junction outside Manchester Piccadilly, marking the
commissioning of the first phase of the £400m North West
electrification project on time and under budget.
The commissioning of new electrical infrastructure on part of the
world's oldest public railway between Newton Le Willows and
Castlefield Junction marks a major milestone in the project which
will see over 350km of track upgraded across the North of England
delivered by December 2018.
The North West electrification programme has been delivered into 5
phases, between December 2013 and December 2016:-
The now compleated:-
Phase 1:- Between Castlefield Junction and Newton Le Willows.
Work now has strted on:-
Phase 2a:- Between Liverpool and Newton Le Willows
Phase 2b:- Between Huyton and Wigan
Phase 2c:- Between Ordsall Lane and Manchester Victoria, all by
Phase 3:- Preston to Blackpool, by May 2016
Phase 4:- Manchester Victoria to Preston (Euxton Junction), by
Phase 5:- Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge, Guide Bridge to
Stalybridge, December 2016
Dyan Crowther, route managing director, Network Rail, said:-
"Electrification of key routes in the North West will significantly
improve connections between our major towns and cities, boosting the
economy and providing passengers with quicker, cleaner and more
frequent services provide the railway that the region's passengers
want and its economy needs. This is the 1st railway line to be
electrified in England in over a decade. We have delivered this
complex project, using modern standards and state-of-the-art
technology, in 4 years from inception. We will continue to replicate
the successful delivery of electrification across the North West
which will be completed in phases by December 2016."
Rail minister Stephen Hammond said:- "This is the latest step
in delivering an ambitious plan to electrify the national railway
infrastructure across the North. I am pleased that soon passengers
on the Manchester to Glasgow and Edinburgh line will enjoy the
benefits electric trains can deliver including faster journey times
and more reliable services."
Chris Nutton, programme director, First TransPennine
Express, said:- "This is a significant and important milestone
which marks the start of a major improvement programme which will
bring great benefits to the north of England. FTPE has delivered a
£60m investment in a fleet of electric trains that will start to
come into service in a few weeks and will mean a 30% increase in
capaCity across our network. Customers will benefit from more
journey options, faster trains and better connectivity and
accessibility. The procurement of these additional 40 carriages,
alongside the North West electrification programme, is a great
example of the industry working together and shows our commitment to
providing the best possible rail travel for customers now and in the
The next major improvements will arrive in December 2014, when
electric trains will be able to run from Liverpool to Manchester via
Newton le Willows and Wigan and from December 2016, when they will
run between Preston and Blackpool, Manchester and Preston and
Manchester and Stalybridge. This will be followed by the completion
of trans-Pennine electrification from Stalybridge through
Huddersfield on to Leeds, York and Selby by December 2018.
Key facts for North West electrification:-
The last significant electrification in England up to now was
between Kidsgrove and Crewe, as part of the West Coast Main Line
upgrade in 2003.
The stats are as follows:-
Overall cost of North West electrification programme:- £400m
Cost of phase 1 including bridge work:- £60m
Route km electrified:- 24.3km
Track km:- 58km
Number of bridges rebuilt:- 3
Number of bridges where track was lowered:- 5
Number of new foundations for overhead stanchions:- 517
Number of overhead stanchions erected:- 650
Km of overhead copper cable installed:- 118km
Km of aluminium cable installed:- 92km
Electrification distribution sites:- 2
Also did you know that First TransPennine Express will start running
direct electric services using 10 new Siemens-built Class 350/4 from
Manchester Airport to Glasgow from the 30 December? These new trains
will deliver an increase in capaCity of more than 80% on this route.
The new 100mph, Class 350/4 trains will each have four carriages and
a total of 210 seats, 19 of which will be 1st class.
North West electrification is part of Network Rail's plan for the
North of England, which includes the electrification of key rail
routes, the £44m project to transform Manchester Victoria station
and the building of the Northern Hub which will create space for
faster, more frequent trains to connect key Towns and Cities in the
North of England.
quad bike left in path of oncoming train at Hough Green
"CAN you help to locate
vandals who placed a quad bike in the path of an on-coming train?"
That's the question being posed by officers from British Transport
Police investigating an offence which could have resulted in a
serious incident. At about 7am, on Wednesday, 27 November 2013, a
train travelling towards Hough Green struck a quad bike which had
been left on the tracks.
PC Paul Hevey said:- "The driver of the Northern Rail Lime
Street to Oxford Road service saw a man on a green quad bike driving
down the tracks. He sounded the horn of the train and the man jumped
off the quad bike and ran away up the embankment. Unfortunately the
driver wasn't able to stop the train and it collided with the quad
bike. Thankfully no-one was injured, but this could have resulted in
a much more serious incident; and could have seen the train
PC Hevey added:- "I am now calling on anyone with information
about the incident, or who has information relating to a green quad
bike being ridden in the Hough Green area between 6am to 7am on
Wednesday, 27 November, to come forward. It is only through good
fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace the man
If you can assist officers please call British Transport Police on:-
0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In
all calls please quote log:- NWA/B6 of 9/12/13.