New Delhi to become home to one of India's largest hospitals
Safdarjung Hospital is located in the heart of India’s capital city of Delhi. The hospital serves 6000 patients per day on a 40 acre site. Additionally, a partnership with Vardhman Mahavir Medical College makes it a training ground for young physicians.
Existing spaces lack proper circulation and waiting space, have narrow layouts and provide insufficient beds and support space. Site concerns include dilapidated buildings, lack of parking, and lack of support for systems and services. Conflicts between vehicular and pedestrian traffic are numerous.
The current complex is scheduled to be replaced in a three phase project that will allow the dense hospital campus to remain operational over a six year period. This new facility will be a flagship hospital and will establish a model for Indian healthcare in a dense, urban setting. It will provide 5.5 million sq ft of highly sophisticated hospital and support space. A connection to a proposed elevated rail system will facilitate enhanced access for the nearly 10 million Delhi residents.
The new world-class facility will provide seven patient towers with integral surgery suites ringing an open air courtyard. Each major building will function independently in terms of dietary, material management and building systems. The design will allow barrier-free movement and a range of flexible patient environments adaptable to need. Extensive underground parking will allow separation of vehicular and pedestrian movement.
The project unites the best of Indian healthcare and Western medicine- a collection of specialty hospitals combined to form an integrated medical complex. The design solution is driven by culture and environment–connected indoor / outdoor space provides daylight to occupied spaces but is controlled with screens and shades. Vegetated roof areas along with the landscaped central courtyard collect and manage rain water. Program areas will be identified by texture and colour- traditional deep blues, purples, yellow and greens. Non-linear organisation of spaces helps to gradually unfold spaces.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. When completed, the 3000+ bed count would make it one of the largest hospitals in India.