This ground-breaking hospital brings together physicians, acute hospital care and related services within the framework of a six-level acute care hospital. Integrated hospital support, physicians’ office space, health services and related retail shops create a “one-stop shop” allowing physicians to monitor their patients while performing office consultations in their offices.
A new horizontal expansion builds on its pioneering legacy and increases the hospital's capacity to treat patients and provide surgery and outpatient functions. The project consists of 9,500m2 of new building and 4,000m2 of refurbishment. The challenges faced here included keeping all services in the facility operational whilst construction was underway, and tight budget constraints. These were overcome by designing solutions that encouraged reducing circulation and presented new operating concepts. In addition, the design of the patient unit reduced the patient rooms without reducing the private/semi private ratio. The solution was curving the triangular patient unit inward, reducing circulation and providing nine-foot ceilings and large picture windows so each room was perceived larger and thus more comfortable.
The expansion has been designed to accommodate changes in healthcare delivery and features a number of flexible spaces that can be adapted dependent upon acuity and technological advances.