2 Dec 2013
Hospital Hvidovre Copenhagen, Denmark. Copyright: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Hospital Hvidovre Copenhagen, Denmark. Copyright: schmidt hammer lassen architects

Royal HaskoningDHV is part of the winning team to design the 30,000 m2 extension of the Hospital Hvidovre in Copenhagen.

The new extension will include an emergency ward, a paediatrics ward and obstetrics and cardiology departments. The winning design team, which beat off stiff competition, comprises schmidt hammer lassen architects and aarhus arkitekterne, Kragh & Berglund landscape architects, Søren Jensen consulting engineers and Royal HaskoningDHV for structural design and building services.

Clarity, flexibility, respect, green garden spaces and spatial variation are key to the design's success. The judges' report states: "The proposal demonstrates humility towards the particular cultural heritage of this hospital and is also an innovative example of the difficult architectural and functional task it is to extend one of our country’s finest hospitals."

Future proof building

According to Mr Eduard Boonstra, Royal HaskoningDHV's director for business development Healthcare: "A well designed hospital provides friendly surroundings for the patient and a place where staff can function at their best in response to the rapid developments in the healthcare process. We add value by adding our knowledge of future proof building concepts to the already well-developed Danish healthcare system."

Logistics

The Design Team reflects a range of strengths including smart patient logistics in design proposals and a high degree of interdisciplinary integration.
The next two years will be spent creating a detailed design for the new hospital. The aim is to hand over detailed construction plans to contractors in 2016, with the new building scheduled for completion in 2020.

The Hvidovre project is funded by the National Quality Fund (Statens Kvalitetsfond) and the Capital Region (Region Hovedstaden) to a total of 1.4 billion Krone (€187m).

As part of the Indigo Consortium Royal HaskoningDHV is also working on the New Aalborg University Hospital together with schmidt hammer lassen architects, aarhus arkitekterne and other companies.

Hospital Hvidovre Copenhagen, Denmark. Copyright: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Hospital Hvidovre Copenhagen, Denmark. Copyright: schmidt hammer lassen architects