Green light for HASSELL-led scheme

Wednesday 03 Jul 2013

'Translational' Oncology Centre for Bahrain Defence Force secures approval

HASSELL has recently secured design approval for a new Oncology Centre at King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain. A team led by HASSELL, including Bahrain-based Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers (MACE) and team members Aecom, Baker Willis Smith and MJ Medical, has completed the design for client the Bahrain Defence Force.

The new building will be designed to the highest international standards of healthcare provision, bringing first-class cancer care and research facilities to Bahrain in a ‘translational’ environment, where research advances are used to directly benefit patient care. Incorporating the latest advances in technology, the new Oncology Centre will combine research functions with comprehensive in-patient, out-patient, diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Its location on the existing KHUH site will ensure access to a wide range of healthcare services for all patients, while further treatment integration will include work with other hospitals in Bahrain. This holistic approach to healthcare provision in Bahrain is designed to establish a multi-disciplinary and effective care program for all citizens. The Oncology Centre will play a leading role in the worldwide development of radiation oncology.

Bahrain’s location at the centre of the Arabian Gulf, neighboured by Qatar and Saudi Arabia (to which it is connected via the King Fahd Causeway), will be critical to achieving national and internationally coordinated clinical trials to improve medical knowledge beyond borders and contribute to the worldwide fight against cancer.

Colin Hockley, Managing Principal for HASSELL in the UK, commented: “Bahrain is working to lead the region in developing first-class healthcare and specialised cancer-care. HASSELL is looking forward to cooperating with the Bahrain Defence Force in achieving this goal through our research based approach to healthcare design, focusing on delivering high performing clinical spaces and environments for patients, visitors and staff which promote health and wellbeing.”

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