Hospitals International – Intro


Royal HaskoningDHV is a leading international consultant for designing and renovating health care facilities of the highest international quality. We have extensive global experience in designing and renovating academic hospitals, general hospitals, multispecialty hospitals, psychiatric institutions and homes for elderly. Our services cover the entire process of building planning: from initial concept to realization management and operational management of the real estate assets. We facilitate and manage, in close coorporation with our partners, taking into account the complete life cycle.
Royal HaskoningDHV is one of the few international consultancy firms that can provide you all these specialized disciplines combined. Naturally, we also e joy working collaboratively and integrally with external consultancy firms.


Dutch Hospital Design

Royal HaskoningDHV has its roots in the Western European country The Netherlands. The Dutch Health Care system and its hospitals were awarded best of Europe in 2015 by the Health Consumer Powerhouse. The famous Dutch hospital planning is innovative and takes health processes and added value of the building into account. Also Dutch inventions like the microscope, the ECG machine, the Dialysis machine and building related inventions such as the thermostat and the fire hose prove the innovative nature of Dutch design and health care. Within the Netherlands, Royal HaskoningDHV is involved in 100% of the academic hospitals and in 70% of all the other hospitals. This makes us the largest hospital consultant in the Netherlands

Hospitals International – highquality

High-quality Care

A transformation of the hospital landscape is in full swing. It’s an adventurous journey, in which the destination is the affordable, accessible, longterm provision of high-quality care. For care providers, it is increasingly becoming a balancing act between costs on the one hand and health yields on the other. This being the case, the price-performance ratio of your real estate is an important strategic instrument.


A Healing Environment

Your buildings and technology facilitate your primary processes. The hospital environment goes a long way to determining how well physicians, specialists, nursing staff and other employees perform. The welfare of your patients and visitors is also dependent on healthy physiological and psychological environmental factors. A good care environment promotes fast patient recovery and optimal working conditions for one’s hospital staff. This leads to better health yields, less absence through illness and consequently, a stronger competitive position. Both new buildings and functionally and/or technologically outdated properties provide you with an ideal opportunity to optimise your care environment so as to create a ‘healing environment’. By investing in better building performance and better quality of occupancy, you can generate extra returns that directly benefit your primary focus.



Furthermore, a hospital performs a social function. This function can be strengthened by taking a responsible approach to nature, people and the environment. By making your premises more sustainable, you can gradually concretise this ambition, while at the same time benefiting from improved operations and a more positive image. There are countless technological solutions for dealing more sustainably with energy, water, lighting and climate control. Solutions, moreover, that you can link to the improvement of your care environment. For example, you can tie corporate social responsibility in with healthier business operations.


Hospitals International – Egypt Belgium


New Urology and Nephrology department for University Hospital of Mansoura, Egypt

The extension of the department is needed due to the increase in patients from Egypt and around the world. The new development consists of a new research facility in combination with a facility for endoscopy and diagnostics (CT-scan and Ultrasound). The new facility also includes a new laboratory.


The new hospital is primarily used for the treatment of patients, in addition it will be used for educational purposes, such as lectures to students of the university of Mansoura.

Sara Lee

Flexible Super Hospital in Charleroi, Belgium

The new Super Hospital of Charleroi is one of the largest hospital projects in Belgium (960 beds). Royal HaskoningDHV works together with VK Architects & Engineers and Reservoir Architects. In the design, the Dutch ‘Schillen Method’ was applied. In addition, similar functions are grouped in a specific building typology. This results in a flexible campus with logical interpretation and efficient care organization. Also, a hybrid approach is possible: the structure conforms to the accounting care organization. This method also ensures an optimal flexibility on healthcare real estate and even makes future adaptations of the facilities possible (other than health sector). The project financiers and the EIB (European Investment Bank) welcomed this approach warmly.


Hospitals International – China


Sustainable Henan
Honliv Oncology
Hospital, China

The Henan Honliv Hospital is a general hospital with multiple functions:
healthcare, education and scientific research. The current capacity is 1.100 beds. The hospital is to become a new modern ‘Healthcare city’ of 40 Ha with 500.000 m² medical treatment area and 400.000 m² dormitory area. The oncology center will be fitted with PV cells, a solar boiler, high temperature cooling and low temperature heating. Furthermore, the design of the building is very compact, flexible and modular.




Hospitals International – Orbis

Logistics oriented planning at Orbis Hospital,
The Netherlands


Efficient processes can be ensured by smart innovative logistics solutions in combination with short walking distances of staff and patients. Multi-functionality brings dynamism in space, for example through flexible office concepts, combined consultation / examination rooms, nursing stations and central waiting rooms in a pleasant living environment. By analyzing Health Care processes, patient flow logistics and clinical pathway’s we are able to determinate the most efficient and effective functional design and logistics of care buildings.




Hospitals International – Gelre


Hospital planning at Gelre Hospitals, The Netherlands

The design of the new Gelre Hospital called for flexible hospital planning solutions that provide opportunities for growth, shrinkage, and changing care and cure concepts. This healthcare complex (total 98.000 m2) consists of a hospital, psychiatric centre, rehabilitation centre and a medical mall. The design is work process orientated. Patients enter a consultation and examination room and stay there. Doctors come to this room and the patient instead of a traditional model where the patient walks to see the doctor. All kinds of working and meeting facilities are integrated in a central facility. The hospital is provided with high level iCT facilities. Automated guided vehicles are providing logistical services.
To be able to design a flexible building for the Gelre Hospital, we used the Dutch schillen Method. All high technical functions (OT’s, iC, radiology, accident & emergency) are concentrated in a so-called hotfloor building. This resulted in a custom-made hot floor and a flexible comb. The hot floor and the comb have their own building structure which was determined by the program. The hot floor has been added in such a way as to allow it to be duplicated after 20 years and to ensure it can be adjusted to the requirements and preferences that apply at that time.




Hospitals International – Aalborg

Super University Hospital Aalborg Denmark


retaining the human scale

The university hospital in Aalborg is the largest hospital in the north of Denmark. It comprises a 330,000 m² master plan with 134,500 m² hospital buildings. Royal HaskoningDHV is responsible for structural and building services design and overall BIM/VDC management for the project. We work within the Indigo Consortium.


The goal is to design a super hospital while retaining human scale with maximum comfort for patients, visitors and users. As a result we have separated the acute and elective patient flows within the hospital. Because of the flexible and compact design, there is room to grow.


Fast track design using BIM and VDC

Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) is a unique method of applying integrated design to hospitals. It provides faster, better and smarter solutions. As the commissioning party of the client, you work simultaneously with all the stakeholders on a virtual model. The added value of VDC is not only the virtual model (the product) that takes shape, but also the clearly defined roles, responsibilities (the organization), agreements and planning (the process). With an intelligent process using VDC and BIM data management we reduced the time spent in the design phase by 20%.



Hosptials International – Thailand

Sirinthorn Hospital & Ramathibodi Hospital,

Image and perception are increasingly important for healthcare institutions. Beside the quality of care and the location, the hospital’s architectural design and interior design play a major role.



An accessible location, a recognizable building, clear routing, stimulating atmosphere and a comfortable building climate are important issues for the image of a health care facility. Image and perception contribute to the efficiency of work processes, reduction of absence through illness and promote healing. We strive for hospitable buildings where design and experience contribute positively to the use of the building. This means an efficient and inspiring working environment for employees and a safe and comfortable place for diagnostic treatment and recovery for patients.



At Ramathibodi Hospital and Sirinthorn Hospital, the interior design is based on hotel interiors. A comfortable and hospitable environment is created by IA Design 103 (a company of Royal HaskoningDHV).