Bridge Hos­pi­tal

Helsinki, 2022

SRV is building the new Bridge Hospital in the Meilahti hospital area. The Bridge Hospital will replace the functions of Töölö Hospital and some of the present Comprehensive Cancer Center functions. The Bridge Hospital is HUS’s largest ever construction project.

Client, owner and tenant: Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District
Prime contractor: SRV
Developer: HUS Real Estate
Main and architectural design: Team Integrated
Contract form: Cooperative design project management contract

Project

Project

Gross area: 71,500 m2
Gross volume: 360,000 m3
5–9 floors
215 hospital beds
4 inpatient wards
58 intensive care beds
69 day care beds
16 operating theatres
outpatient departments
restaurant
lecture and teaching premises

Site

Site

40,000 solid cubic metres of blasted rock
10 000 prefabricated elements
500 personnel working on-site

Special features

  • The Bridge Hospital is located between the Meilahti Tower Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, so these buildings, combined with the Meilahti Triangle Hospital, will form a coherent entity in terms of the physical premises and the functions taking place inside them. The Bridge Hospital will provide patients with high-quality care in a pleasant, safe, accessible and environmentally sustainable environment. In conjunction with the Bridge Hospital a separate radiotherapy investment project (linear accelerators 7, 8 and 14) is being implemented.
  • The project management contractor agreement for the Bridge Hospital was signed in June 2017, marking the start of the project’s development phase, which lasted until the end of the year. The development phase involved collaboration between the developer, tenant, designers and SRV on design and engineering solutions, which enabled the construction time to be reduced by six months from the absolute deadline set by the client and developer. Construction is due for completion by the end of June 2022.
  • The location poses a particular challenge to construction – the site is cramped and connects to the Tower Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, which are both in use. Efforts have been made to identify construction methods that cause the minimum possible disruption to the operations of the other hospitals. For example, it has been necessary to work within strict conditions to carry out massive excavation works in the middle of the functioning hospital area, which contains equipment sensitive to vibration.
  • The Bridge Hospital involves a large amount of technically demanding hospital construction work, as the building will include plenty of demanding premises, such as intensive care units, operating theatres and radiotherapy facilities.
  • Scheduling plays a crucial role on such a large project, and modern scheduling methods have been put to extensive use. For instance, frame schedule management uses a building information model, and the scheduling of work on patient room floors with plenty of duplicated premises will be managed with a takt time plan. The initial project information, design, procurement and implementation schedules are coordinated and followed using Last Planner. The schedule will be accelerated by means such as utilising ready-made building elements – prefabricated elements will be delivered from the factory to the site, reducing the amount of installation work required on-site.