Castle Hill Solar Project for NHS.


Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust



Local Authority

East Riding of Yorkshire Council


Energy & Waste, Public Sector

Key Project Information

  • We provided a multi-disciplinary service to Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in preparation of the application, including planning, landscape, drainage, highways and heritage expertise.
  • The scheme will supply renewable energy to the Trust’s overall estate and is a key component in enhancing the Trust’s carbon reductions.
  • This 5MW solar farm to supply green energy to a Hull hospital is set to help deliver NHS net zero targets.

This was an extremely exciting and rewarding project to work on. The solar farm will have an export capacity of 5MW, therefore generating a significant amount of electricity from renewable sources and meaning a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions annually.

Clearly, the ability for the Trust to generate its own energy will allow funding to be diverted to front line services, rather than paying electricity costs to suppliers.

Chris Calvert, Executive Director – Pegasus Group

We secured planning permission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the construction of a solar farm together with all associated works, equipment and necessary infrastructure on land at Castle Hill, south of Castle Road, Cottingham.

Our transport and infrastructure teams produced a Flood Risk Assessment and Surface Water Drainage Strategy for the solar farm. Input was provided to the layout including specifying the setback distances from watercourses and other hydrological features and our team investigated flood risk posed to the scheme from existing watercourses and ditches in the vicinity of the site. We developed effective and sustainable flood mitigation and management measures, incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) features, to allow planning permission to be granted.

The solar farm will supply renewable energy to the Trust’s overall estate, including the Castle Hill Hospital site, and is a key component in enhancing the Trust’s carbon reductions, allowing it to make financial savings that can be put back into health care provision.

The Trust had previously invested in initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and energy usage, including installation of on roof solar schemes.

Planning permission was for a temporary period of 40 years from the date of first exportation of electricity.

The economic benefits of the scheme would see up to 30 construction workers on-site during peak times of the 6-month construction period.