Milestone reached for the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Energy Centre


A topping out ceremony has been held for a new energy centre that will make the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital one of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.

Staff from Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, joined Rob Carter, Joint Managing Director at R G Carter and the site team to celebrate the occasion. David Hartshorne, Construction Director and Gordon Johns, Senior Independent Director at the Trust had the honour of marking the achievement by securing the final bolt on the roof.



Work to create an Energy Centre, which started in December 2020, involves replacing all obsolete and out of date heating plant and equipment, which will make the L&D one of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.

It's carbon emissions will be cut by approximately 35% once it is up and running.

Included in the scheme brief is the replacement of the existing boiler plant and chimneys with a centralised plant that is more efficient and will be sufficient to serve the whole hospital site. There should also be a significant reduction in the risk of plant and infrastructure failures.

The project supports the Trust’s green plan, and will deliver a substantial reduction in energy consumption, as well as increase resilience across the site. The project is due for completion in 2023.


David Hartshorne, Construction Director at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Thank you to the R G Carter team for all of their efforts to date. This is a huge achievement and we are well on the way to supporting a net zero NHS. We look forward to seeing the project complete in 2023.”

Rob Carter, Joint Managing Director at R G Carter, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver this state-of-the-art Energy Centre. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and are extremely proud to be able to support the Trust’s aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from this site.”