Manchanda Associates is an architecture, healthcare planning, interior design firm; based out of New Delhi, India. Because of their extensive experience in handling various healthcare and hospital projects, Manchanda Associates was selected as the Architect for the 500 bedded expansion of the Super Specialty Hospital at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderbad; through a National level Design Competition
The project had the brief of adding a 300 bedded Super Specialty Hospital and a 200 bedded Accident (Emergency) & Trauma Hospital at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, under the Pradhan Mantri Swastha Suraksha Yojna
PLANNING OF THE TWO HOSPITAL BLOCKS The profile of the two sites, their inter-relationship across an internal road and relationship with adjoining development has determined the shape of two separate buildings connected by a link corridor at upper floor levels. Such an arrangement allows easy access to both Specialty Hospital and Emergency Hospital while ensuring connectivity of similar functions of both blocks to draw required support from each other.
ELEVATIONAL DESIGN The façade of the building is interspersed with transparent and opaque elements composed of large glass panels and solid shafts. The two-tone grit finish, created using Dholpur and Jaisalmer stone not only provide a permanent finish, but also gives the hospital a sharp look while creating an array of clean lines throughout the elevation.
EFFICIENT PLANNING “FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION” this architectural adage is most valid in case of planning a hospital where inter-relationships of departments within a floor and in between floors becomes paramount for efficient functioning of a hospital.
Easy and unhindered movement of patients, doctors and visitors is of prime importance in the functioning of any hospital. Distinct entries and parking for Doctors, visitors and service personnel have been provided. A round-about has been proposed to avoid clash of traffic coming from various directions. Internally a system of corridors connects vertical movement cores strategically located at all corners as well as in the middle.
A link corridor has been provided between floors 2, 3, 4 & 5 which ensures quick and easy access between OTs, Diagnostic services and wards of the two separate buildings. All functions of a particular department (OPD, Teaching & Wards) have been provided on the same level for easy functioning.
A large Triage has been provided for quick and effective segregation in case of large scale calamities. The Diagnostics facilities (Imaging and Laboratories) have been provided on an independent floor so that these functions can be out-sourced on a PPP (Public Private Partnership) basis.
SUSTAINABILITY MEASURES Solar panels were proposed for both heating water as well as generating electricity to run non-crucial systems. Low-E and insulated glass have been incorporated to minimize heat gain while still maintaining large glazed surface for increasing day-lighting within the buildings.