Two teams left in the battle to form the future hospital and psychiatry

​It has been a close call. Two master plan proposals have gained distinction by – in strong master concepts – presenting visionary and solid settings for the development of the Bispebjerg Hospital site. Therefore, they continue in the competition of developing a Master Plan for the New Hospital and New Psychiatry Bispebjerg.

​​British BDP and Danish Drees & Sommer Nordic are leaders of the two teams, which have won the first phase in the Master Plan competition for the New Hospital and New Psychiatry Bispebjerg. Six of the eight teams, who all have submitted their Master Plan proposals, have therefore been cut. 

The Master Plan shall, among others, describe how the different functions of the general hospital and the psychiatric facility should be placed in regards to their internal relations, how one enters the hospital site, how the traffic is managed, where to park ones car, how the logistics is managed and partially how the buildings should look.​

In the proposal of British BDP, the historic buildings are incorporated naturally with their own identity in the beautifully balanced disposition. Illustration: BDP

Flexible clinical structure

"The two proposals are the ones, who best reach into the future in a visionary way. They have the most flexible clinical structure by introducing respectively a landscape guiding concept and a structural urban net. We have prioritized the holistic and structuring system. They are both flexible and adaptable," states the chairman of the jury, Lars Gaardhøj (S), Regional Councillor and chairman of the projects’ political reference group. 

It has been eight very strong proposals, so the selection has been difficult, explains Hospital CEO, Janne Elsborg from Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals: 

"It has been challenging for the participants to both establish openness towards the city, cohesiveness with the historic buildings as well as an effective and future oriented general hospital and psychiatric facility. This the two winning teams have solved best." 

Two very different proposals

The two selected proposals are very different from each other, and stand out from the other proposals by emphasizing the big qualities for the outdoor areas that can exist in keeping a distance to the historic buildings.​

The proposal of Danish Drees & Sommer Nordic is a good example of how the experience of both landscape and urbanism can be developed. Illustration: Drees & Sommer Nordic​.

"Both proposals present interesting, functional links between hospital and city by integrating outgoing functions and research. Furthermore, the park is made accessible and is strengthened as a resource for both the hospital and the neighbourhood," states Janne Elsborg. 

Martin Lund, CEO of the Mental Health Services of the Capital Region explains:
"It has been crucial to select the proposals, in which the general hospital and the psychiatric facility have equally good possibilities. One of the two proposals has fulfilled our wishes in a professionally good and elegant way, whereas the other proposal challenges our original mindset and has brought together the psychiatric bed wards, which presents some very interesting possibilities."

The winner is found in June

The two winning teams will now enter into dialogue with the project organization and will thereafter continue work of their proposals until beginning of May 2012. The final winner will be found in June. Hereafter the Master Plan will form the basis of the Copenhagen Municipality’s work on a local plan for the area. 
All eight Master Plan proposals will be displayed in the lobby of Building no. 60 at Bispebjerg Hospital, starting from Monday the 12th of March. After Easter, the exhibition will move to Frederiksberg Hospital.​

Responsible editor