Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Have Your Say On Addenbrooke's Energy Innovation Centre Plans

Planners are asking residents to have their say on proposals by Addenbrooke's Hospital to build an Energy Innovation Centre on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Cambridgeshire County Council is the planning authority for the proposals and is holding a consultation for people to learn more and make their views known.

A 'drop in session' will be held for local residents and others on Monday 17 December 2012, at the Long Road Sixth Form College (5.30 - 8.00 pm), Long Road, Cambridge. All comments need to be in by January 4.

The EIC is designed to fulfil the role currently undertaken by the existing Addenbrooke's Hospital boiler and incinerator. The proposals say it is also designed to manage the future expansion of Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Biomedical Campus.

The development would reduce the Hospital Trusts' carbon dioxide emissions by 47% and energy costs by 50%.

Addenbrooke's have applied for the flexibility to operate 24 hours per day and 365 days per year, although in practice the plant will operate as required in order to meet heat and electricity needs.

The plant, located on a site of approximately 0.7 hectares on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, adjacent Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (south west of Robinson Way and east of Francis Crick Road), will comprise:

  • a combined heat and power unit generating between 6.8 and 7.5 megawatts of electricity; and a heat recovery steam generator generating approximately 2 megawatts of heat; 
  • two biomass boilers each of generating approximately 3 megawatts of heat (initially fuelled by waste woodchip products, but with the capability to be flexible in the future with respect to fuel feedstock); 
  • a clinical waste incinerator generating 1.6 megawatts of heat from processing 350/kg/hour of clinical waste; and three dual fuel conventional steam boilers, one generating 4 megawatts of heat and two generating 10 megawatts of heat. 
  • A 'tugway' (underground passageway) will provide a link between the EIC and Addenbrooke's Hospital, allowing clinical waste to be brought to the EIC without using the roads. 

The EIC building will have a gross external footprint of approximately 2,500 square metres, with a service yard adjacent of some 2,200 square metres. The single building will be located on the eastern side of the site. It would have a saw-tooth roof to provide an opportunity for photo voltaic cells in the future. There would be three stacks (chimneys) extending above the roof level of the building, which would be 60 metres above ground level. The existing chimney will be retained as it forms part of the ventilation system for the Hospital.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "This is an important project for Addenbrooke's and we want people to make sure they learn about the plans and have their say if they want to. Please attend the drop in session to learn more and make your views known."

A decision is expected to be made at Cambridgeshire County Council's Development Control Committee in spring 2013.

People can have their say by:

The plans can be seen online at (quick search on reference C/05009/12/CW)