This 200-bed multi-speciality healthcare facility reused a redundant superstructure originally constructed for a high-rise residential development. Following an initial feasibility study to determine whether the structure could be sustainably repurposed into a healthcare facility, we devised a detailed medical space program before preparing the conceptual and detailed designs guided by the client’s requirements.
The existing structure had floor-to-ceiling heights that were designed for residential inhabitants. The space requirements for healthcare mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems had to be carefully considered and developed. Hospitals are inherently demanding of ceiling space, not only for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services, but for a multitude of other services, such as medical gases, pure/dialysis water, pneumatic tube system, nurse calling. Given the stringent requirements for hospital operations during the failure of the mains supplies, it was necessary to design major equipment such as boilers, electrical generation, bulk oxygen storage and emergency chiller plant for resilient operations. The additional space provisioning for the hospital had to be developed and considered alongside the structural constraints and maintenance provisions.
Through our integrated approach to medical planning, architecture and building engineering services we worked within the limits of the existing structure to deliver this distinctive healthcare landmark. At the MEP Middle East Awards 2020, Abdali Hospital was named Retrofit Project of the Year.
Maouj Investment and Development Company
- Medical planning
- Interior design
- Building engineering services