Planning the Design and Construction of Healthcare facilities is a very specialised field that has begun getting its due only in the last few years in India. This is because we have now come to realize the important role the design and planning of the hospital plays in healing the patient. The aim of an architect is to ensure that their design satisfies the people living and functioning in the space they design. In a hospital this includes the Doctors, Nurses, Staff and of course the Patient. The design of a hospital must meet all their requirements. It is therefore the Architect’s duty and responsibility to design accordingly.
Patient Care guides our Healthcare Design. Their safety and quality of care is the aim of all our Architects, Planners, Quality Consultants and Project Managers.
How Accreditation brought in change to the field of Hospital Design
The scenario began to change with the advent of Healthcare Accreditations like the NABH & JCI and Consultants like us, specialising in the field. Vast experience in the area of Quality Accreditation helped us understand the requirement for specific infrastructure to meet the NABH & JCI requirements and that looking into these aspects right from the healthcare facility planning and layout stage was not just important but mandatory.
Right from designing the widths of the staircases and corridors, planning the layouts of areas like the Operation Theatres and Critical Care Units, to providing the required space between Beds in the Wards and even locating the Nursing Stations etc., we saw how almost all areas of the Hospital needed to be designed with regard to meeting the Patient Safety requirements of the Accreditation Standards.
Improving Patient Outcomes – Responsibility of all Hospital Planners and Architect
As Hospital Architects and Designers our role is to help improve patient outcomes at the Hospital by preventing spread of infections and being able to send patients home faster. We need to ensure through our Hospital Design that there is proper infection control through better Planning & Layout of the Facility ensuring better Patient & Staff Flow and controlled air movement.
In addition to Patient Safety, other aspects, as Hospital Planners and Designers we help make all areas of the Hospital Accessible and Patient Friendly, a very important contributory factor in improving outcomes.
Designing Hospitals to be Patient Centric
Hospital Specific Design & Architecture
Hence the Importance of having Hospital Architects to be Qualified and Experienced specifically in the field of Healthcare
Major Elements in the Hospital Design Process
Hospital Concept Design
Translating your vision into reality
The Concept Design is the first step by our Architect to translate your vision into reality. This is based on how well the Architect interprets your brief creatively and engage with you until it is fully understood. At this stage we also carry out extensive research, site visits and have regular conversations with you as the Client and various User Groups.
Feasibility Study need
Prior to the Hospital Planning and Architecture Design process ideally there should be a Feasibility Study carried out, the objective of which is to understand the healthcare requirements in the target area of the Hospital. This helps us to finalise the services and even the specialities and get a fair idea of the expected patient load too. The Hospital Concept Design should comprehensively address all these requirements.
In the Concept Design we will provide the elevation of the Hospital Building, block relationships of the departments showing area, shape and location within the building and of the vertical circulation elements such as elevators and staircases and the layout of the horizontal circulation routes (corridors)
Ensuring functionality and statutory /regulatory compliance
While Designing Hospitals we also ensure the efficient functionality of the Hospital within the built-up area & local laws and planning guidelines as needed to ensure full compliance with the National and / or International Hospital Quality Accreditations like the NABH & JCI.
Once Concept is approved, the detailed Architecture is done giving the complete design of the Hospital, including the Civil Components, Structural Design, Electrical & Mechanical Services.
Detailed Hospital Architecture Services covering
Complete design of the Hospital / Civil component
Preparation of the Master Plan for the whole complex
Designing for the hospital building
Interior Designing - Façade, Furniture, 2D & 3D Views, Material Chart
Internal space and facility planning
Ancillary support services
Building blocks design
Layout of rooms within each department for the hospital
Schematic drawings giving plans, elevations and sections of the proposed building
Bill of Quantities (BOQs)
Design Vetting for New Hospitals and Nursing Homes as per the mandatory NABH / NBC / Fire / National and International Clinical Guidelines - Compliances / Local Bylaws
Hospital Structural Design Services covering
Complete design of the structural framework
Appropriate framing system
Detailed construction drawings for the work on site
Design of Services (MEP) covering
Electrification design including HT, LT & Gensets, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) design
Fire fighting and Protection System Design
Public Address Systems / CCTV surveillance
Medical Gas Pipe line (MGPS) Design
Data and Voice Networking
Building Management Systems
Sewage treatment plant and disposal systems
Rain water harvesting for the complex
Critical Areas Designs covering
OT & CSSD Complex
Accident & Trauma
Radiology & Radiotherapy
Nuclear Medicine designs
Other Designs covering
Exteriors – Landscaping Design
Laundry and Kitchen Layout & Design
Some of our Latest Hospital Architecture Planning, Full and Internal Design, Layout Design, OT Renovation, Structural Engineering Design, Interiors Design, Hospital Renovation, Healthcare MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing), and Medical Equipment Planning Projects:
Meridian Hospital, 300 Beds, Chennai (All Services)
ZOHO Hospital, 200 Beds, Chennai (All Services)
Madras Medical Mission (MMM), 300 Beds, Chennai (OT Renovation - 8 Nos.)
Frontier Lifeline Hospital, 100 Beds, Chennai (Renovation. Design, Interiors)
Equitas Bank Hospital, CSR with TATA Memorial, 100 Beds, Chennai (Equipment Planning)