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Concertus is celebrating after it’s Associate Director Mike Foley was presented with this year’s CIBSE East Anglia Engineering Excellence Award.

The award was made at the SJCC annual supper at Trinity Parkin recognition of the work carried out by Mike and The Energy Practice, which is part of Concertus, on this year’s winning project, the new Biofuel Plant at The Ipswich Hospital Trust.

The judges were impressed with the projects’ innovation in using a waste cooking oil to provide an ultra-low carbon solution for the generation of electricity and future use of heat. It is also one of the first projects in the UK NHS Estate to be fully financed through private sector investment with no additional capital from The Trust.

Mike and his team were appointed by the Ipswich Hospital Trust to manage the project from the start and whilst inherently an engineering scheme, they also had to oversee and co-ordinate the appointment of the planning consultants, manage the planning application process and the appointment of the specialist supplier of bio-liquid fuelled electricity generators.

Mike commented: “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of The Energy Practice and Ipswich Hospital Trust for our joint contribution toward this innovative project to convert a waste oil into useful energy at Ipswich Hospital.

“Through early brainstorming to system design and assisting with the OJEU procurement process, we are pleased that the bio-liquid generation project was finally constructed and funded through external means. Our hope now is that this project serves as a trail blazer for other energy schemes within the NHS estate and other similar organisations.”

Andrew Rowe, Managing Director at Concertus added: “I’m delighted that Mike and his team have received recognition through this award for working collaboratively to ensure the client vision for this innovative project became a reality.”