Buttefly House Hospice South Bucks M&E Design

The Facts


  • Healthcare


  • MEP Design

Project Value

  • £5 million


  • High Wycombe

Butterfly House Hospice

Project Profile

Green Building Design were employed by South Bucks Community Hospice to undertake a full Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health (MEP) services specification of this new purpose built Hospice, working in partnership with the main contractor.

A new thermal model of the proposed hospice was built before the build commenced, to ascertain the required heating and cooling loads to ensure BREEAM compliance.

A chilled beam solution was installed in the patient areas to ensure a low-noise, draught-free environment was created, along with a DX system for the back-of-house areas.

Calculations of the predicted electrical load of the building, enabled the main and sub-main cabling to the hospice to be sized correctly. Using the Dialux package, a detailed energy and efficient lighting design and mock ups of the final appearance were delivered.

Key Features

Energy consumption was significantly reduced.

New air-sourced energy efficient heat pump provided cooled air for the chilled beam.

New photovoltaic electricity generation panels were installed on the roof, with peak generation coinciding with peak demand.

Innovative fitting of services into ceiling voids ensured maximised room height, whilst still allowing ongoing maintenance access to services in voids, despite planning restrictions on the building height.

The hospice achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” rating.