​The General Hospital Building (in the middle of the illustration) will be finished two years ahead of schedule. Illustration: Friis & Moltke.

Hospital will be finished up to two years ahead of schedule

​The Regional Council of The Capitol Region of Denmark has approved a reprioritisation, which means that The General Hospital Building of New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg will be finished up to two years ahead of schedule.

With an extremely flexible project, the time schedule at New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg can be cut yet again. Up to two years this time. Instead of having a finished General Hospital Building in 2024, it will now be ready for patients late 2022/early 2023.

“We have experienced an exemplary teamwork with both the clinic and our lead consultant. Everyone has brought something to the table and been willing to compromise. If just one person had had a negative attitude, this wouldn’t have been possible,” says Executive Vice President, Claes Brylle Hallqvist.

The North Block will be built fast track

The Gordian Knot of the project is the north end of the current Building 7, which is placed in the middle of the hospital grounds. It contains X-ray, surgery and more. In the original plan, the construction would start in the north at Tuborgvej, stop halfway through and move the clinics out of Building 7. Then demolish Building 7 and then finish the construction of The General Hospital Building. This would mean having to stop the work for approximately 18 months in the middle of construction.

“We asked ourselves, what if we could demolish the north end of Building 7 and finish the construction of The General Hospital Building in one go? And since then we haven’t been able to give up that thought. The benefits of finishing early are huge. Financially, because we don’t have to operate both Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals simultaneously for as long. Qualitywise, we will be able to provide better service to our patients a lot sooner,” explains Claes Brylle Hallqvist.

The solution is to build The North Block of The General Hospital Building in a form of fast track from the summer of 2018 to 2020. This means that X-ray and surgery units will be placed slightly further away from the rest of the hospital, but will be connected via a tunnel. An X-ray “satellite” facility will also be established at the Accident and Emergencies department. It is acknowledged that this will be a challenge:

“It will be problematic for us but it will also be beneficial, that the new hospital is finished early. It will be a great advantage for our department, which is currently spread over several different locations around the hospital, that all functions will be gathered in one place in the new hospital,” says chief physician Lars Tue Sørensen from the Abdominal Centre Surgical Department, who will be placed in The North Block.

Building faster is expensive. 64 million Danish Kroner will be spent on rehousing in terms of temporary X-ray facilities, offices and entrance to The North Block. However, we will save several hundred million by finishing early.

Executive Vice President Claes Brylle Hallqvist praises the clinical staff and external consultants for actively finding af better solution, ensuring the faster build of The General Hospital Building. Photo: Byggeriets Billedbank.

A unique opportunity

The construction of The North Block will be put out to tender in the beginning of 2018.

“We have already had a lot of interest from several contractors, so I hope good and capable contractors will bid when the tender for The North Block is released in the spring of 2018,” says Claes Brylle Hallqvist.

The big question is why didn’t the project think of building The General Hospital Building like this from the beginning? Claes Brylle Hallqvist replies:

”This project has shown flexibility far beyond what we expected. I must give credit to our lead contractor KHR Architecture, ARUP and EYP Architecture & Engineering. They are the ones who have conceived The General Hospital Building and since modified it to give us this unique opportunity.”

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