First phase of major hospital remodelling project completes in Singapore / by rachel

The first phase of a major extension and refurbishment project at Singapore’s National University Hospital, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, has completed, featuring a striking new hospital entrance which is set to welcome visitors from a new circle line station which opens early October. The initial phase, delivered as part of the practice’s wider master remodelling plan of the hospital set to be complete by 2014, has resulted in a remodelled east wing, and creation of a new hospital entrance and courtyard, with a new façade and striking red canopy, adjacent to the new Kent Ridge MRT station.

The project, which was delivered while the Hospital remained fully operational, has also enabled the remodelling of the Hospital’s main building and construction of a new home for the National University Heart Centre, Singapore, three new operating theatres, a one-stop Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre, and specialist out-patient clinics.

It has also delivered a new concourse, which will ultimately pass through the entire main building from east to west and connect with the Hospital’s primary north to south route and existing main entrance, to help patients and visitors navigate what is a large and complex building.

Director Ian Simpson said: “Successful delivery of this highly sustainable and complex scheme has depended on close partnering with the client and the diverse skills, expertise and experience of our global expert healthcare design team. It is evidence of our growing reputation as a leading designer of major healthcare projects in the Asia region, and will enhance the Hospital’s healthcare offering and environmental performance, in line with the drive for sustainable buildings.”

The practice provided and led on a full-range of services on the project, including architecture, medical planning, clinical services planning, equipment planning, landscape architecture, interior design, way-finding and signage, in collaboration with local architecture practice RDC Architects.

It is now supporting the next phase of the wider scheme, which will deliver specialist outpatient clinics and related ambulatory diagnostic and treatment facilities, with works due to commence at the end of 2011

The three-phase project supports the Hospital’s expansion plans in anticipation of an increase in healthcare demand, and its future status as a cardiovascular and cancer centre.

It is also a prime example of the wider resurgence of refurbishment, retrofit and extension projects in Singapore, the result of the Government’s second green building masterplan, and its commitment to reducing energy consumption in existing building stock.

Meanwhile, the practice’s expert healthcare designers are also working on other high-profile projects such as the National Heart Centre in Singapore for client the Singapore Ministry of Health, with the scheme already having won the MIPIM Asia Futura Project Award 2010, and been long-listed at the World Architecture News Healthcare Awards 2011.

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