New day surgery centre development for Century City
Centre to be a multidisciplinary medical facility
A state-of-the-art day surgery centre is to be developed in Century City, Cape Town by Corevest, in partnership with Blue Dot Health, specialists in the design of innovative and environmentally friendly buildings. Paul Hopkinson of Blue Dot Health says the R50-million multidisciplinary medical facility will be focused on specialist day surgery and general medicine, providing 24 day beds, three fully equipped day theatres, one procedure suite as well as radiology, pathology and pharmacy facilities and a teaching centre.The development site of the proposed Century Day Surgery Centre (CDSC), which has been acquired from the Rabie Property Group, is located within the Central Park Precinct of Century City. “The site is ideally positioned at the intersection between Century Way, one of the key feeder roads in Century City, and Park Lane,” says Hopkinson.
He said the CDSC facility will be managed and operated by the Intercare Group and will be home to some of the top specialists in the Western Cape.“CDSC will be a first of its kind in Century City and aims to lead the way in day hospitals and the provision of specialist healthcare in
South Africa. CDSC provides medical specialists and practitioners with a unique opportunity of working together in a contemporary, environmentally sustainable medical environment designed to be professionally efficient and patient friendly. Emphasis is placed on providing all those who use or visit the day hospital with a medical experience that is out of the ordinary.”
Contemporary design to complement medical working environment
Hopkinson said that the design of the CDSC will reflect a contemporary medical working environment, with the emphasis on modern simplicity. Sustainable principals, natural light and strategic planning have shaped the building, resulting in two smaller buildings linked by a communal circulation space/atrium. This space forms the ‘heart’ of the building, around which all shared facilities are hinged. The interior will be pared down to the essentials, using natural materials in a limited finish pallet with accents of colour and artwork introduced to denote key zones.“The architectural language and design of the building was focused on a very simple plan to assist users with a very clear understanding of the facility. This was very important to us as it ensures that first-time users feel comfortable in what is normally a stressful environment,” says Hopkinson. He added that the overriding vision and ethos at CDSC is a commitment to creating a sense of happiness for all involved. “Although our ultimate goal is happy patients, we firmly believe that this can only be achieved with a happy complement of staff, from cleaners and clerks to nurses and surgeons. We believe that the success of any venture depends on the people within it. It is this vision and company ethos that will distinguish CDSC from other facilities.”
Construction is to start in early 2014 with doors opening in April 2015.