Santa Lucía General University Hospital, Murcia Health Building

Santa Lucía General University Hospital Murcia, Cartagena Building, Spanish Health Project Design

Santa Lucía General University Hospital : Murcia Building

University Hospital in Cartagena, Spain – design by CASA Sólo Arquitectos

27 Apr 2012

Santa Lucía General University Hospital Murcia

Location: Calle Mezquita, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Design: CASA Sólo Arquitectos

Santa Lucía General University Hospital, Murcia Health Building

Opened: February 23, 2011

The program includes other than only health related activities, such as sports, leisure and commercial areas. Its objective is to get a stronger integration of the community into the hospital building area, and to develop a better sense of health prevention.

Santa Lucía General University Hospital, Murcia Health Building

This General University Hospital with a maximum capacity of 656 beds has all of the medical services for its category in the Cartagena health area. The building is developed longitudinally on its -1, ground and +1 floor, following the main access concourse, parallel to the expressway (north south).

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This general access concourse is an unheated umbraculum providing a transition between exterior and interior that extends to the roof where the shops, leisure and sports facilities are located. From the +2 floor the configuration of the building changes, with the inpatient units arrayed along a vertebral axis, looking south across the port and the city. These units are positioned over the two-level roof-garden on top of the diagnostic and outpatient units. A linear block to the rear houses the logistical support units.

Good exposure to natural light is a factor of great importance in this type of building, and the design thus incorporates a system generously sized courtyards, for the use of both staff and patients, to provide the various departments with fresh air and sunlight.

Patient’s room
It is not conventional. They have an outboard toilet, allowing a better control of the patients by nursing. This proposed toilet position allows natural ventilation, and creates a domestic living space by the window for both patients.

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Circulation
Nursing units are directly connected with the boulevard by six public vertical shafts, separated from inpatients and staff circulations. The elevators bring also visitors and outpatients to the diagnostic and treatment units situated on first floor, and to the cafeteria, sports, leisure, and commercial spaces situated on second floor’s green roof.

Engineering
Between the lower levels and the nursing units, there is an intermediate technical floor of 2,20m. height including all HVAC units and other plants. They receive cross ventilation through an alternate patio system to get fresh air and discard it after use. It facilitates maintenance and future changes of the engineering systems.

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Santa Lucía General University Hospital – Building Information

Title: Santa Lucía General University Hospital
Design: CASA Sólo Arquitectos
Location: Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
Competition award: 2003
Project: 2003-05
Site works: 2005-10
Developer: GISCARMSA, SAU
Area: 114.369 sqm
Construction cost without taxes: 121.360.653 €
Architects: Francesc Pernas, Bernat Gato & Roger Pernas
Scope of works: Preliminary design, Design development, Building drawings, Interior design, Landscape design, Engineering services, Structural design, Construction supervision, Economical & quantity surveying, Health & safety supervision

Santa Lucía General University Hospital images / information from CASA Sólo Arquitectos

CASA Sólo Arquitectos is a company created in 1987, with more than 24 years of experience in health-care building, although it also includes other types of projects of great functional complexity.

CASA Sólo Arquitectos s.l.p. are based in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain

Address: Calle Mezquita, s/n, 30202 Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
Phone: +34 968 12 86 00

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