WME appointed for King’s college Hospital’s Dubai project
London’s King’s College Hospital is to open its first full-scale branch outside the UK in 2018 in Dubai, along with three polyclinics. WME has been appointed to provide a full range of services for the project — structures, MEP, AV-IT, infrastructure and roads, plus fire, vertical transport, lighting, facade and sustainability engineering — and to act as architect of record.
We will be working closely with the developer Ashmore Group, the King’s College Hospital Board and with US healthcare specialist architect Perkins+Will. Particular technical knowledge will be required, and WME will be calling upon the healthcare design skills of its existing engineers, as well as recruiting. The hospital will be located in Dubai Hills, where a medical facility was included in Emaar’s masterplan.
A separate phase two 60-bed expansion and a project to provide staff accommodation for the hospital is planned for the future, and part of our engineering package will provide the infrastructure and parking for the residential block when it goes ahead. WME’s engineering design work is to be completed by August 2016.
King’s College Hospital was founded in inner London in 1840. It moved to its present site in south London (pictured) in 1909, gaining Teaching Hospital status when the UK’s National Health Service was set up in 1948. It is now one of the biggest providers of specialist care in England, with a world renowned liver unit. Other specialisms include neurology, neurosurgery and Parkinson’s disease. In Dubai, the hospital will focus on paediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology.