St. Olavs Hospital Neuro CentreEdit profile
Architect description: Gross area: 31 000 m2 Cost: GBP 47 million The planning and design of St. Olav’s Hospital is the result of winning first prize in an international competition in 1995. We have been responsible for all aspects of hospital planning and development including the functional and medical structure, logistics, the innovation development of its form and structure, the integration of the university and the medical facilities and the natural development of the area within the city structure of Trondheim. The main objective has been to integrate the university and the teaching hospital to produce an effective patient-oriented processing facility for health and welfare services. This has been achieved by the development of an effective hospital plan and structure, which highlights this quality. Located in the centre of the city, St. Olav’s Hospital has been fully operational throughout the construction period. A major element in our competition proposal was dedicated to the necessity of keeping the hospital operational during demolition, rehabilitation and construction. The location of the university hospital within the grid based city structure of Trondheim imposes a design discipline for the development of the various clinics, buildings and facility centres. Six clinical centres are built around a central square, each centre with its own landscaped central area – these centres are linked below ground with technical and service culverts and on the first floor with bridges for patients and staff. From Hospital website: The Neuro Centre is the largest centre in Phase I. It comprices 5 wings with a gross area of 31 000 m2. Of this space, some 22% will be used by the university, and the rest by the hospital. The Neuro Centre will provide expertise in ear, nose and throat conditions, ophthalmology, neurology, neurosurgery, audiology, clinical neurophysiology, maxillofacial surgery, rehabilitation, stroke, headaches and multidisciplinary treatment of patients with spinal conditions. It will also provide significantly improved facilities for medicine for the elderly. Plans for the Neuro Centre include 141 beds, 32 day-treatment spaces and 10 recovery beds. The building will have five floors and a mezzanine level for technical services, with the potential for adding an extra floor. The centre will accommodate 12 operating theatres and a radiology department with several diagnostic units and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner. Research and teaching will be integrated with the treatment of patients. The Neuro Centre has an auditorium, seminar rooms and other facilities designed to promote effective cooperation between clinical activities and research/teaching. There will be a strong commitment to day treatment and day surgery at the centre. With extensive use of the Patient Hotel, the need for conventional hospital beds will be reduced. This makes it possible to build the Neuro Centre with fewer traditional beds and still increase throughput. From Architect magazin: Hospital buildings are functionally and technically very complex, making easy orientation another prioirity. Simple communication pattern, emphasised by color- and material schemes as well as art installations have guided the interior design. Windows openings are full height, giving good daylight penetration and e view from all beds. Openings are dictated by function rather than facade geometry.