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​Competition: University Hospital Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

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An open international contest has been launched to design a £57 million surgical centre at University Hospital Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic

Organised by Prague’s Centre for Central European Architecture, the anonymous two-stage competition seeks proposals for a major new surgical facility on the city centre site, featuring 21 operating theatres .

The project will deliver a new surgical building between Nemocnice Street and the hospital’s Bedrna Pavilion, which is also due to remodelled. All hospital departments including the nearby emergency centre and the pavilion of internal medicine must remain operational during construction of the new facility.  

According to the brief: ‘The goal of the competition “Next Level – University Hospital Hradec Králové” is to find an architectonic solution for the surgical centre, composed of a new building (addition) and the reconstructed (now technologically outdated) earlier surgical pavilion, and to connect the two structures into a viable whole.

‘One of the priorities of the organiser is to find a solution that would be effective in functional terms, yet also bring new aesthetic qualities into the hospital complex. Since the plan proposes the first step to be the completion of the new surgical centre and only then the reconstruction and modernisation of the current pavilion, the architectural team that emerges victorious in the competition will be working with the University Hospital Hradec Králové on a long-term basis.’

The historic city of Hradec Králové is around 100km north-east of Prague, and was formerly a major centre of musical instrument manufacturing. Today its main industries are food-processing, photo-chemicals, electronics manufacturing and IT. The University of Hradec Králové was founded in 1964 and is spread across several city centre locations including the hospital site.

Proposals for the site, one of the largest medical facilities in the Czech Republic, must provide the best possible working environment for medical staff, as well as a safe and pleasant setting for patients. A tour of the contest site will be held at 10am local time (CEST) on 20 May.

The contest’s overall winner will receive £110,000, and there will also be a second prize of £70,000 and third prize of £47,000. A £57,000 prize fund will also be shared between participants in the competition’s second round.

The deadline for submissions is 2pm local time (CEST) on 7 July.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Igor Kovačević
Competition Secretary

Tel: +420 603 810 083
Email: kovacevic@moba.name



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