The project involves the expansion and the new construction works of the existing Hospital, which will be enlarged from the present 64.000 s.m. and 296 beds to 185.000 s.m. and 789 beds. The new Zealand University Hospital complex will accomodate all the hospital wards and first aid/emergency medical services, as well as the regional research facilities, to feature the largest hospital in the area, among the biggest in Northern Europe, for 295 million euro total investment.
In the complex, forming an excellence hub for biomedical sciences research, will be located hospital departments equipped with sophisticated medical technology, together with some areas intended for university students and congress activities. The expected works completion year is 2024.
Special attention has been devoted to the new structures integration in the surrounding environment. Particular care has been taken in integrating the structure with the surrounding natural environment through a balanced and diversified study of the facades, which give the hospital a clearly recognizable image for patients, doctors and visitors. An exposed brick base characterizes the lower levels of the structure, while an intermediate grey band and a white colored band on the upper floors complete the overall vision of a façade fully merging technology and aesthetics.
The project architectural and functional design is focused on the users’ comfort. The hospital rooms, all single, have been designed to optimize the use of natural light, which is particularly precious in northern contexts, while assuring the simplicity, functionality and liveability of the health care environment for patients and their families.
The architects’ design activity is supported by effective Project Management, aimed at obtaining the best interdisciplinary integration and, above all, at specifically implementing new facilities areas while the entire hospital runs in utmost safety.
The whole design organizational process is assisted by cutting-edge software, making it possible to plan and manage data, interacting with traditional modeling tools and providing designers, involved companies and clients with complete assistance throughout the entire life cycle of the building.