The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia are undertaking a refurbishment programme for their stock of hospitals, all of which were built between 25 and 30 years ago. Recognising P+HS Architects’ extensive acute healthcare expertise, P+HS were invited in 2009 to present proposals, along with a Saudi partner, to The Minister of Health in Riyadh. An initial contract was awarded for five hospitals (construction value around £200m) and a team was mobilised in 2010.
The commission was undertaken in key stages and involved transforming hospitals to provide UK and US standard healthcare facilities. Hospitals ranged in size from 100 to 780 beds, with a total of 1900 beds. In addition to the main hospital buildings, all outpatients, ancillary, recreation and accommodation buildings were included too. The first ‘Review’ phase, covered a detailed inspection of buildings, systems and installations and generated a report identifying the status of each of the sites. The second ‘Recommendations’ phase identified the work required together with a priority list and cost tables. Phases three and four covered production drawings, specifications and Bills of Quantities. Importantly, detailed implementation plans within this phase identified how the works could be undertaken within a fully operational hospital. Finally, As Built drawings were prepared of all buildings for future maintenance use and reference.
The commission was successfully completed within ten months with P+HS forming a strategic alliance with a M&E and a cost consultant for delivery.
We are about to start on the next phase which involves work on five further hospitals with a combined value of around £150m.