Tuesday 23 April 2024
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Landmark chimney set to disappear from the Nottingham skyline

An obsolete 164-foot-high chimney on the Nottingham University Hospital’s NHS Trust’s(NUH) City Hospital site is set to disappear within the next few months now that the site has moved to using green energy.

Work will begin on removing the iconic landmark, located between Gates 4 and 5 entrances, (Edward’s Lane) on 19 February, and will last for several months.

The chimney was part of a coal-fired boiler plant used to heat NUH’s City Hospital buildings for many years.

Following a £25 million grant from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, a new energy centre has been built on site using more efficient energy and environmentally friendly technologies, meaning the chimney is now redundant and needs to be removed.

NUH’s Director of Estates and Facilities, Andrew Chatten, said: “This chimney is one of a pair of structures that have dominated the City Hospital skyline.  We’ve already removed one and we’re removing the other through the one-ring-at-a-time process, to minimise any disruption.

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“This removal represents the significant work that we’re undertaking across our hospital sites as we move towards our net zero ambition, which aims to help save money, provide a better quality of life for patients and staff, and play our part towards sustainability in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”

The chimney is made of a number of reinforced concrete rings, and demolition will be undertaken one ring at a time, from February to June this year.

The concrete will be dropped down the centre and removed through a door at the bottom of the chimney. This material will be recycled for re-use in the building industry, and the scaffolding installed around the chimney will be slowly lowered as each ring is removed.

The dismantling of the chimney is a further step towards our net zero agenda, which is supporting the NHS’ commitment to be the first health service in the world to reach net zero carbon.

Our long term vision is that by 2040 we will have achieved a net zero carbon operation for all our emissions from heating and energy use, and 80% reduction of our carbon footprint indirect emissions.

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