Green light for Zealand's super-hospital
Approval of the Outline Proposal by Region Zealand clears the way for construction of the new Køge University Hospital. Excavation and site preparation can now start in 2016.
The Regional Council has just passed the Outline Proposal that defines overall how the massive hospital construction project will be executed between 2016 and 2022. The existing Køge Hospital will be massively extended to four times its original size. The new University Hospital will be the centre for specialised treatment throughout the region. The best possible conditions for patient care will also be created: “We want to create complete cohesion for the patient, from admission until discharge. The focus will be on closeness with the patient, doing away with reception desks and hatches. Each patient will have their own room and the personnel will spend as much time as possible with the patient,” says Christian Wedell-Neergaard, Chairman of the Hospital Committee. “We can do this by taking our work into the patient's room instead of doing it in an office. I’m convinced that this will be an attractive building that we can be proud of,” he concludes. 400% bigger The project will expand the existing Køge Hospital from 53,770 to 197,722 square metres. The project has a construction budget of DKK 4 billion, and will have 831 private rooms, 40 operation theatres, 44 intensive care beds and 127 examination rooms. A total of no less than 1,972 car parking spaces will be provided outside. “Matching the region's ambitions for the hospital to the finances available was a tricky but necessary process, resulting successfully in the Outline Proposal. This is an important milestone in the architectural process of building and handing over the building,” says Klavs Hyttel, architect and partner in C.F. Møller, before adding: “We can proudly say that we have managed to retain our healing approach to healthcare building, focusing on green surroundings, qualitative daylight in all patient rooms and personnel facilities, and created an effective structure designed for efficiency that enhances navigation whilst providing safe, comfortable patient care.” C.F. Møller won a competition in 1982 to design Køge’s County Hospital at that time, and the new expansion will create an advanced university hospital that will harmonise with the demands and inherent qualities of the existing structure. In addition to C.F. Møller, the consultant team consists of Alectia and Rambøl. Cubo Arkitekter, Gehl Architects and Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma are sub-consultants.