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Work on new KD390mn hospital development complex makes good progress

Work on the new KD390mn Jahra Hospital, one of the largest healthcare development projects in Kuwait is making good progress and will be ready by 2018.

The New Jahra Hospital is an expansion of the existing Jahra Hospital, and the new medical complex will boast of 1,171 beds along with a range of healthcare services. It also functions as a trauma centre for the Jahra district.

The new project is in-line with the Kuwait Ministry of Health’s national plan, aimed at adopting the World Health Organization’s proposal to allocate at least 22 hospital beds for every 10,000 people by the year 2030.

A Kuwait-based architecture, engineering, design and planning group, ‘Pace’, has been roped in to design the New Jahra Hospital.

Speaking on the new project, Tarek Shuaib, the Managing Partner and Head Architect at Pace, said that the architectural design process has begun with the concept-based introduction of external element of nature to the internal environment.

The aim of the project is to create harmony with healthcare facilities, as a means of contributing to the treatment and healing of the patients. Green parks, interior spaces play a lead role in strengthening the direction of design, he said.

Also, unlike typical hospitals, all the main components in this hospital complex are not cluttered into a single zone of the building, Shuaib pointed out.

Spaces for diagnosis and treatment clinics, outpatient services and emergency care, ORs and inpatient beds are all so arranged that the function and circulation of building users are easier and accessible. The main lobby is an open walkway that offers easy movement and access, he explained.

Shuaib said that the new internationally-standardized medical complex comprise of eight individual buildings, that include 15-storey main hospital building with total built-up area of 426,000sqm.

A Helipad is located on the top roof of the Diagnostic and Treatment Block, above the Trauma section of the Emergency Department. The hospital will also include renal dialysis, outpatient clinics and outpatient radiology centres. The new interior spaces would surround the central main atrium that shoots up five storeys.

Shuaib explained that the spaces involve several well development medical facilities and health services, a diagnosis and treatment wing, outpatient clinics in the western wing, while the patient wards occupy the fourteen storeys in the east wing, along with private patient rooms and diagnosis and treatment area.

There is also a stand-alone multispecialty dental clinic centre being built within the complex comprising a basement, ground and two upper storeys spanning built-up area of 28,000sqm.

The service buildings feature key amenities like public car park, comprising basement, ground and five upper levels, all having total built-up area of 105,000sqm, which can accommodate 3000 cars, an emergency shelter for 300 people in the basement, the Head architect said.

The staff car parking will be in a separate building which includes basement, ground and five upper levels, with total built-up area of 61,3000sqm.

The entire site will be served by a central utility plant comprising a basement, ground and five levels, with total built-up area of 19,300sqm. Speaking about facades, Shuaib said more focus would be given to environmental and climatic designs.

He explained that the art and design of the facades reflect the innovative climate design proficiency of Pace, using sunlight breakers as shading, a means to control direct harsh sunlight of Kuwait, he said.

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