New North Zealand Hospital

New North Zealand Hospital, Aerial View - Image courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

New North Zealand Hospital, Aerial View - Image courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron


Ramboll. Neil Harvey. Image courtesy of Paulina Sobczak Photography

Neil Harvey

Spearhead Director, Hospitals, UK
T: +44 7768 750 984
Steven Bentley

Steven Bentley

Consulting Director, Buildings
T: +44 7970 046 046

In March 2014, and following a 12 month intensive international design competition, the Architectural consortium of Herzog & de Meuron/Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter was awarded the contract to design the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, with Ramboll named as the engineering services consultant for the project

The New North Zealand Hospital will be the result of consolidating the three existing hospitals across the North Zealand region and is part of Denmark’s healthcare consolidation programme. The hospital will extend over 118,000 sqm, serve more than 310,000 people and include over 580 single bed wards. The bottom 2 storeys of the building comprise diagnosis and treatment facilities with the top two storeys comprising a ribbon of wards surrounding a roof garden.

Envisioned as a pavilion set within the forest, the design brings together all the hospital’s necessary functions within one clover-shaped structure. The low-rise building reaches out horizontally into the landscape, surrounded by trees and native plantation. Unlike many large scale hospitals, the inviting and welcoming facility maintains a human scale throughout.

The lower two diagnosis and treatment floors are constructed in in-situ concrete, served from below via a set of basement technical rooms. The functional planning on the two lower floors has been based upon a regular structural grid with long spans designed to accommodate changes in healthcare provision during the lifetime of the building.

The two upper level bed ward floors are arranged around a secure roof garden, providing an opportunity for patient rehabilitation and a direct connection to the landscape. The bed wards floors are constructed using a lightweight steel frame to reduce the building weight, improve the construction programme, and to take account of the more likely fixed functional plan of single bedrooms.

The building incorporates an extensive energy saving design including a highly insulated and airtight façade, a focus on daylighting and solar control, variable air volume mechanical ventilation, sustainable drainage, inverter motors, circadian colour change LED lighting, and a large photo-voltaic array.

The hospital will be equipped with cutting edge Logistics solutions including pneumatic tube system (PTS) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) for transport of carts and beds, waste chutes and connected processes.

The Hospital is currently awaiting building permit approval, with the procurement process to appoint a Main Contractor due to commence in September 2018. Construction is programmed to commence in the summer of 2019, with handover of the building in the summer of 2022.

“This is a very unique concept and one that I believe will inspire others around the world when designing hospitals in the future. We are both proud and delighted to be involved.” Lars Ostenfeld Riemann, Executive Director Ramboll Buildings.



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