Sewell Facilities Management support Citycare in reducing energy costs across health estate

Sewell Facilities Management have been working with Hull-based LIFT company, Citycare, to help realise its decarbonisation ambitions and reduce energy usage across its estate.

The Facilities Management team have carried out energy audits across the 13 LIFT buildings in the city and identified simple measures to reduce energy consumption across the full health estate.

Working alongside energy auditors, Maloney Associates, the team have identified key areas to improve and upgrade to bring the health centres more in line with modern, sustainable building standards. In line with the Community Health Partnerships’ (CHP) Green Plan, Sewell has so far upgraded a significant 3,065 lights to LEDs, which means they’re almost half-way complete.

Sean Henderson, Sewell FMs Managing Director said;

“Citycare is one of many clients we are supporting to look at the decarbonisation of their buildings, which has become more of a priority for many at a time when energy costs are rising, and there are increasing pressures on businesses.

“There are some simple things that people can do to contribute to reducing energy and water usage on a day-to-day basis, as well as the more strategic lifecycle planning that we can support customers with.

“Through this project, we’re looking at a £1,000 energy saving across all 13 health centres, which is likely to triple with the current rising utility costs.”

CHPs Green plan provides clear direction on how partners can contribute to the NHS net zero carbon ambitions. Over 58% of CHPs buildings across the UK are rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C or above, with Hull’s Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre EPC A rating as one of the highest.

The installation of Solar Voltaic Panels, replacement of boilers with air source heat pumps, and improved insulation are also being implemented as part of the works.

Improving estates through lifecycle works is something that is looked at every year by Sewell Facilities Management, which is quite a unique approach for a facilities management business.