King's College Hospital Dubai reveal Phase 2 plans
King’s College Hospital Dubai (KCH Dubai) have unveiled the second stage of their ambitious development programme.
Phase 2 of their plan involves the further expansion of their under-construction healthcare facility in Dubai Hills Estate, with work set to get underway in 2019 or 2020.
“We’re [currently] building a 100-bed facility, and we already have an outline design to conduct a second phase,” construction manager Keith Duffy told Construction Week.
“Phase 2 will include the addition of 80 beds, plus diagnostic centres.
“We have a preliminary timeline. Development will most likely begin between now and 2020, depending on the success of the initial facility.”
Hospital designers Perkins+Will have taken a unique approach to the project according to director of their healthcare wing Stas Louca, with patient recovery and welfare at the core of their plans.
“For KCH Dubai we have built in windows with landscape and downtown skyline views in each, single patient increasing levels of natural light, in turn inducing calmness,” he added.
“In addition, particularly with the pediatric ward we have included artwork into the design of the walls to create texture and nature designs on the ceilings in the form of back-lit stretch fabrics.
“We have created an area where patients are able to control everything from lighting, sound and temperature to when they would like their meals and what they would like to eat. All of these components are centrally controlled by a handset attached to the patient’s bed.”
KCH Dubai is being developed by KCH Healthcare LLC, a partnership between Ashmore Group, Al Tayer Group and King’s College Hospital London.
According to kchclinics.com, ‘all clinical policies, procedures and practices in our facilities in the United Arab Emirates will be established by KCH London and reflect over 175 years of experience in delivering high quality care and world leading clinical outcomes’.
It will become one of the first facilities in the United Arab Emirates to offer liver transplant procedures.
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Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.
Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.
1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.
Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.
Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.
The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.
The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.
The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.
Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”