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In early 2010, City and Country appointed Richard Hodkinson Consultancy to provide both energy and sustainability strategies for the redevelopment of King Edwards VII Hospital in Midhurst. The £180 million plans to restore the hospital has now been granted planning approval and is set to commence work in the coming months.

King Edward VII Hospital is a unique and interesting group of Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings, including the main Sanatorium and Chapel, as well as Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The site itself lies within the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which in March 2010 became part of the South Downs National Park. The core area of the site adjacent to the hospital is listed as Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest in England.

Richard Hodkinson Consultancy worked with the client and design team, which included the architects Squire and Partners and Purcell Miller Tritton, to develop robust energy and sustainability strategies for the development. Maintaining the historical nature of the site yet delivering today’s environmental performance was paramount in our approach.

A mixture of micro renewable energy generation and community heating was proposed, with a proportion from biomass. This was designed to take advantage of the extensive woodland nature of surrounding areas providing an abundance of locally sourced fuel. A combination of EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes was used for the assessment method on the refurbishment and new build element respectively.

Posted on August 10th, 2012