Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions: The Design for Full Oncology Centre - Part 1: Lowering of the Carbon footprint, Malta

14 January, 2016 | 17:45 - 23:00

Artists impression of the new Oncology Centre in Malta
Artists impression of the new Oncology Centre in Malta

About this event

The Project was designed and managed in-house by FMS to NHS standards from its inception, application for the EU grant, the compiling of the Medical Brief, room activity database, patient and staff flows, architectural and engineering services design, all tender write-up, site management etc. to handing over.

Keeping in mind that a full oncology centre not only simplifies the process for patients and family care , but it also helps the staff form a multidisciplinary team in a collaborative effort to fight and defeat cancer progression.

The project which costed around €60M and covering around 26,000 sqm of floor area focused on 4 primary functions namely.

  1. In-patent areas i.e. wards and patent circulation spaces
  2. Out patent areas i.e. day-care spaces, consultation services, Psychological support, staff facilities
  3. Diagnostic & treatment areas i.e. chemotherapy, haematology, paediatric, palliative Radiotherapy (4 Bunkers with 3 Linear accelerators) Treatment, planning areas etc.
  4. Support services i.e. Plant & equipment.

Thus the Architectural & Engineering Design had to be efficient with organization, quality & patient satisfaction in mind especially since it qualified for an EU grand as part of the ERDF 196.

In this presentation we shall see how with the capital investment the engineering services design centred on sustainability with Energy Efficient Measures (EEF) to reduce around 3278 MWH per year thus lowering the CO2 emission substantially by which at 2009 criteria amounted to about 1087 Tons per annum by having:

  • Energy recovery from the fresh air ventilation system
  • Rain water collection
  • Collection and treatment of grey waste water
  • Photovoltaic Panels on roofs
  • Close window policy thus controlling infiltration
  • BMS and Power Network Control Systems (PNCS) to control and, monitor all mechanical and Electrical plant.

Time: 6.15 pm Complimentary refreshments will be served at 5.45 pm.

This is a free event open to the general public.


Hon. Secretary: Ing. J. Camilleri
Address: Design Centre, Level 2, Triq it-Torri, Swatar, BKR 4012
Tel: 21220431; Mobile: 00356 9949 2960


Ing Paul Vassallo MSc, CEng, MCIBSE, MIMechE, Eur.Ing

For the past 13 years (up till last year -now semi-retired), Paul has been the Head of Engineering Services for the Foundation of Medical Services (FMS) which is charged with the mandate of implementing and managing capital projects across the public health continuum. Few to mention are the Mater Dei Hospital and recently the design and built of the New Oncology Centre – i.e. Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre.

Paul has over 37 years' experience in the design and application of building services engineering to various type of buildings both locally and abroad. In the eighties he worked as a service and commission engineer with the world renowned Trane Company of USA where he specialised on various refrigeration systems especially large centrifugal and absorption chillers. This took him to numerous countries in Europe and Middle East. Later he worked as chief engineer with Ploymetrics Ltd on the Ghar Lapsi and similar reverse osmosis plants before moving to specialise in system controls with Satchwell Controls of UK.

In 1998 after passing all the UK Engineering Council examinations, Ing Vassallo read for MSc with Brunel University and graduated with distinction in Building Services Engineering. He was later registered as Charted Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and since then has been a full corporate member of the CIBSE, IMechE and ASHRAE institutions. Besides sitting on various governments technical adjudication committees, from 1998 to 2009 he was a visiting lecturer on Environmental Control systems at the University of Malta.