108-bed community hospital in Rhondda Valley includes biomass boiler and other low-carbon features

A £23m community hospital has opened in Rhondda Valley, Wales.

Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, in Llwynpia, was designed by Nightingale Associates after being commissioned in 2004 by Cwm Taf Health Board. The 108-bed was funded by the Welsh Assembly.

The 13,500sq m new-build scheme, which became fully operational last month, scored a NEAT “excellent” rating. It uses a biomass boiler as the hospital’s primary heat source.

Other low-energy design initiatives include automatic lighting controls and a maximized use of daylight and ventilation.