Innovative engineering design and planning is one of the ways we can help ease the pressure on urban areas and improve economic, social and environmental values. The 30,000 m² extension of Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen is part of Denmark’s programme to centralise its hospitals. We are delivering structural design and building services working as part of a wider design and architectural team. 

The 30,000 m² extension of Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen is part of Denmark’s extensive programme to centralise its hospitals. When the hospital completes in 2020 it will provide the city with a new emergency ward, paediatric ward, obstetrics and cardiology departments.  

The extension is being designed using future proof building concepts which is where our knowledge plays a key role. The main structure has four connected squares that will make it easy to adapt the building according to changes in growth and demand. Each square has its own spatial variation, including green outdoor areas and has a decentralised technical system like heating and cooling which benefits patients and staff.

Denmark’s strict building regulations call for daylight in all rooms and spaces. A challenge to meet regulations on one hand and control the internal climate during the seasons in an energy efficient way. As a solution each square has its own atrium which channels natural light and the frontage is made mainly of glass designed to conserve energy. To keep the interior cool in warmer months, vertical blinds provide protection from the sun.

Hvidovre Hospital: “A hospital that offers patients a comfortable space to recover and provides staff with a flexible, bright environment, is vital for the smooth day to day running of a large city hospital. To be able to adapt our hospital to anticipated growth or changes in demand is a great advancement in the way we deliver healthcare today and in the future.

During the next two years we will prepare the detailed design. We expect to hand over plans in 2016. Completion is expected in 2020.

Royal HaskoningDHV is among others involved in the design of Denmark’s Aalborg University Hospital, and Honliv Hospital in China.