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St. Antonius Ziekenhuis

The St. Antonius Hospital has branches in Nieuwegein and in Utrecht and, after the merger with the Zuwe Hofpoort Hospital, will also have a branch in Woerden. The total capacity of the merged organisation amounts to over 900 beds. The new building of St. Antonius Hospital in Utrecht was completed in 2013 and, in addition to the hospital functions, it also has a medical-psychiatric centre.

We have been involved with the new building project in Utrecht since 2006 and, as housing consultant, enhanced the relevant plan. We also translated the distribution of functions after the merger into the new building plans. We remained involved with the project during the price setting and contract formation and implementation. The new building was realised on schedule and within budget.

At the Nieuwegein location, we also developed one of the largest intensive care units in the Netherlands with a total capacity of 40 places (IC/MC). The IC unit employs a new concept in which there no longer is a large central post. Instead, the nurses monitor the patients from nearby. Consequently, the quality of the monitoring has significantly improved and, for the patients, the nursing has become more transparent and the staff easily approachable. We provided the spatial and functional programming, the design supervision and the project management.

The merger between St. Antonius Hospital and Zuwe Hofpoort Hospital has led to a new function profile for the various branches. The profile of the Utrecht location was expanded with a Mother-Child Centre (MCC). The centre has been set up in accordance with the principle of ‘Family Centred Care’: mother and child stay before, during and after the birth in the same suite, where the father may also spend the night.

We have supervised the entire development plan of the MCC from the initial phase to the start of the realisation. This was a remarkable and unique task due to the realisation of a multiple integration of the birth care from St. Antonius, Zuwe Hofpoort and the first line obstetricians. It was particularly remarkable due to the very short lead time: the plan was put in place in just 15 months, from schedule of requirements to the start of the construction. To achieve this, we set up ‘pressure cooker sessions’ to develop the schedule of requirements and the design with everyone involved during intensive design weeks. This approach led to a considerable acceleration and a high level of involvement and support among the users.

In addition to the MCC, we developed the plans for the expansion of the nursing departments and a new IC at the Utrecht location within the same timescale.

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