12 Oct 2015

Dutch approach reduces completion time by 50 percent

Royal HaskoningDHV is partnering architects and engineers consortium VK‑Reservoir A on the construction of the Grand Hôpital de Charleroi, one of the largest private hospitals in French-speaking Belgium. By separating functional areas and phasing commissioning, Royal HaskoningDHV and VK Réservoir A will ensure the hospital opens in record time. The contract value for Royal HaskoningDHV is several million euros.

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With 950 beds and covering an area of 130,000 square metres, the Grand Hôpital de Charleroi will be one of the most important health care locations in southern Belgium.

Aimed at raising the quality of life for the local population, the new single-site hospital will replace five existing hospitals dispersed across the city.

Patients take centre stage

The functional design created by Royal HaskoningDHV and VK-Réservoir A places patients centre stage, surrounded by the required medical services.
Each building has clearly defined functions and will be constructed using a design and build approach. This means that the main structure can be delivered very fast and the market can be approached for subsequent phases of the building.

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Cost efficiency

Royal HaskoningDHV is also supporting the consortium with installation design and cost control. Dutch experience in cost control is particularly useful here. Mr Niek Grobben, Project Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “With the health sector under pressure in the Netherlands, health care institutions have been focusing on finding ways to develop and exploit their real estate as efficiently as possible for many years. The Netherlands leads the way in terms of cost efficiency, which is hugely beneficial for the client in Charleroi.”

Track record

The worldwide transformation of the hospital landscape is in full swing. Royal HaskoningDHV is advising many hospitals wishing to achieve affordable, accessible and high quality health care services. Other projects involve the design of the Danish university hospital in Aalborg and the Hvidovre hospital in Copenhagen, the Honliv hospital in China, the new construction and renovation of Erasmus MC Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn building of the university hospital Ramathibodi in Bangkok, Thailand and the district hospital in Pixley, South Africa.

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