Keppie to design 1000 bed Children’s Medical Centre in Chongqing region
Keppie Design have just won the contract for a new children’s hospital in the Chongqing region of central China. The new centre will be built in three phases and will include an acute hospital with more than 1000 beds and a total floor space of 280,000 sq m. Detailed design work will begin immediately and the building project is expected to take three years.
Keppie’s Design Director, David Ross, who led the successful team commented: “This is a massive win for Keppie in one of the largest markets in the world. Our design for the Children’s Hospital has a tower and podium where the wards are all stacked vertically around a central open atrium. The atrium was located at the end of a central street that connects the main entrances to the Outpatient Clinics. The hospital building itself sits on a new campus where world-class research and development facilities are also planned. The wards are grouped above the medical clinics and have access to external balconies and roof gardens that can improve recovery rates.”
Having secured their first contract in the country in January 2010, China is becoming an important market for the UK based architects’ practice. Keppie Design now have ten live projects in China including the prestigious the 850-seat Huangshan Theatre that is being designed to a brief led by Chen Weiya, best known for being Assistant Chief Director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Urban designers at Keppie are also drawing up the master plan for a new town at Mount Taiyang that will eventually be the size of Ross’ home town of Kilmarnock.