The Reinier de Graaf Group (RdGG) has a history that stretches back over 750 years. This means that it not only has a rich history on the present site for Dutch healthcare, but has in the past been located in many different buildings. AT Osborne assisted the hospital through the major operation of creating a new building, with two old buildings being demolished and the cleared site being redeveloped.
Just like the Martini Hospital, the RdGG’s new building in Delft is an example for industrial, flexible and demountable (IFD) construction. The plan is both flexible and robust; flexible because this approach means that in future, the hospital will easily be able to change the way space is allocated and change primary use at minimal extra cost. This is achieved by incorporating many options in the technical installations and using system walls so that no structural work is needed to make changes. For example, if the average length of a hospital stay continues to fall and there is an increase in outpatient provision, a ward can be converted into outpatient treatment rooms without too much effort.
Furthermore, the plan is robust given its foundations are shaped by the RdGG’s care vision, the Zorgcirkelmethodiek® (Care Circle Methodology), developed in collaboration with AT Osborne. This creates a chain of logically consistent functions and departments, meaning the patient receives a full package of medical care in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and care, all offered within the same vicinity. Think, for example, of all medical care relating to women and children.
The master plan, the overall requirements catalogue and the technical requirements catalogue were also developed in collaboration with AT Osborne, who assisted the RdGG Board of Directors during the design process and the tendering procedure. The lawyers at AT Osborne provided legal assistance during the tendering process, while our construction costing experts drew up and monitored the costs for the new-build. AT Osborne also carried out the project management for the medical installations. The RdGG directors were able to rely on the necessary assistance and expertise during the implementation of their ambitious plans, not only for the new-build plan, but also the way it was prepared in a flexible and robust manner.
The patients who have been in the new hospital in Delft since 2010 have noticed that they really do take centre stage, with every type of care they need close to hand. Yet they are also in a building that is functional and welcoming, and which is able to adapt to any future changes in healthcare.