Connecting a hospital more closely with the city it serves
The hospital complex at the heart of Sweden’s city of Ängelholm is split in half by a railway line. It’s one aspect of this complicated site set to be fixed by a major redevelopment, due for completion in 2018. The ambitious project aims to improve the accessibility – and quality – of healthcare in the region, and to integrate the hospital more tightly with the surrounding city.
Improving Care Efficiency
The scheme will see a number of outdated buildings replaced with efficient and modern facilities. This includes the new 13,200m2 “Building 71” over 5 floors and the rebuild of the existing 5,500m2 “Building 08”, spread over 5 floors of an existing 5-floor building. The site’s central feature houses a brand new facility that will house diagnostic and treatment wards with private rooms, plus an activity center dedicated to physiotherapy and occupational therapy. By bringing services closer together, the complex aims to improve coordination and logistics, facilitating more efficient care. It connects to the city center via a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, deepening the links between the upgraded complex and the surrounding urban landscape. A public indoor swimming pool is also being built within the hospital grounds.
Focusing on Nature
Interiors throughout the complex have been designed with nature in mind, incorporating warm and natural colors to enhance the sense of calm, while extensive natural light and opening windows will further contribute to a positive healing environment.
Running Hospital during Construction
WSP is working on several projects within this redevelopment, providing services including electrical engineering and environmental consultancy. The biggest challenge comes from the requirement to keep the existing hospital fully functional throughout construction, calling for complex coordination and high attention to detail.