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Copenhagen opens £150 million children’s hospital contest

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An international design competition has been launched for a new £150 million children’s hospital in Copenhagen

Planned to complete in 2024, the 58,660m² project will create a new integrated wing dedicated to childcare at the Danish capital’s prestigious Rigshospitalet hospital (pictured).

Dubbed BørneRiget – the new facility aims to deliver the ‘world’s best hospital’ for treating children, adolescents, women in labour and their families.

According to the brief: ‘We want a building that support children and their families when they are in the hospital and a building which is closer to young children and mother’s feelings and needs than any other construction.

‘The goal is to create a building that can serve as a “centre of excellence” where treatment and care is thought out from the family’s perspective and from children and young people’s ability to play and learn as an active part of a patient.’

Founded in 1757, the high-profile Rigshospitalet – meaning The National, State or Kingdom Hospital – is today one of the most prominent buildings on Copenhagen’s skyline.

The 16-storey Jørgen Stærmose-designed Modernist structure was completed in 1978 and is one of the tallest buildings in the historic centre of the capital.

Overlooking the Fælledparken green space – the hospital hosts 1,120 beds, 8,000 staff and treats around 420,000 outpatients every year.

Rising up to 60 metres high, the new children’s hospital will be constructed on a 17,900m² plot on the western edge of the Rigshospitalet campus overlooking Fælledparken’ skate park.

Proposals must feature a baby delivery suite, adult beds, child and adolescent beds, diagnostic areas, surgical facilities and supporting technical support zones.

Local practice 3XN won a competition for a 68,000m² extension to the hospital in central Copenhagen four years ago.

The first stage – a 7,400m² patient hotel – completed one year ago on a plot next to the proposed BørneRiget. The second stage, delivering a new 200-bed North Wing for the hospital, is on site and due to finish in 2018.

Six shortlisted teams will receive £50,000 each to participate in the competition’s first stage starting this autumn. Bids will be assessed on their function, architecture, technology and costs.

Three winning teams – set to be announced in summer 2017 – will receive a further £50,000 each to draw up detailed tenders in the final stage before an overall design is selected. Around £7,000 worth of travel and subsistence expenses may also be refunded.

Applications may be in English, Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. The deadline for submissions is 12pm local time on 5 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Bent Ottesen
Rigshospitalet
Blegdamsvej 9
Copenhagen Ø
2100
Denmark

E-mail: bent.ottesen@regionh.dk

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