A robust new hospital
Department of Infrastructure and Development
Germiston, South Africa
The Gauteng Department of Health in liaison with the Department of Infrastructure and Development appointed HLM Africa in association with Prism Architects to manage the planning and construction of a new hospital. The new 300 bed project was to replace the various existing facilities which group together to form the old Germiston Hospital.
The hospital is an ‘H’ plan design with a central covered atrium to be utilised as a public waiting area. The multi-storey design places all the “public” facilities on the ground and first floor around the central multi-purpose waiting area with support services comprising the remainder of these two floors. The second floor comprises theatres and surgical facilities, with wards set on the third floor. Life-cycle cost and sustainability were central in the choice of materials, mechanical systems and building orientation. Solar panels supply the main energy source for water heating. Passive solar design principles are followed in façade design and orientation to enhance the internal climate of the building and reduce the load on the mechanical ventilation and cooling systems. Windows are deep set with louvers allowing optimal comfort both in Summer and Winter.
The hospital, one of the three Revitalisation Projects that was being developed simultaneously with the client, was the only one to be delivered on time and within budget.
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