The new master plan widens the focus from ‘hospital’ to ‘campus’, mapping out Radboudumc as well as the buildings of the Radboud University, including where they are in relation to each other and how they connect. Efficient and intensive use of space encourages integration, collaboration and sharing of knowledge.View the entire project
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‘To have a significant impact on Healthcare’, in which the patient is approached as a partner: that is the mission of Radboudumc. Demonstrably distinctive quality, personalized healthcare, efficiency and sustainable networks are the main themes in this context. Radboudumc has defined its direction by engaging in a bold plan to drastically redesign the entire structure of the buildings. In doing so, the hospital is building towards a new healthcare campus – a campus that contributes to sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare, both now and in the future.
Radboudumc has grown so much during the 1980s that the existing accommodation was no longer sufficient. As a result of continual expansion of the hospital, a protracted and cluttered building complex was formed, services and facilities became fragmented, and the distance between buildings kept on increasing. In addition to the integral loss of spatial structure, the hospital also had to deal with the lack of space. In addition, a number of buildings were practically written off. On top of that, it became clear in 1989 that asbestos removal would be required. A number of building sections were in urgent need of replacement by new structures. By now, many years later, general ideas about healthcare have also started to change. Instead of healthcare by individual doctors, it should be healthcare by multidisciplinary teams grouped around various pathologies. This requires an entirely different design for the environment.
With the introduction of the 1994 structural plan, the first step was taken towards the transformation of a protracted hospital into a recognizable, compact campus. It encouraged collaboration between the faculty and the clinic, improved efficiency and made future modifications possible. The plan was achieved in phases, leading to alternating periods of demolition and construction. The Central Axis that connects all the building sections of Radboudumc ensured that visitors and employees in the rest of the complex experienced as little inconvenience as possible during these phases and that the transit for patients and visitors remained intact, also during construction. In addition, the Axis also provided recognizability, orientation and flexibility.
In 2014 a master plan was drafted for Radboudumc to be able to respond to the changing healthcare demand now and in the future. Before the design of the master plan for the entire Radboudumc campus, a baseline measurement was taken. The situation at that time was mapped in order to be able to measure future developments. The healthcare model changes continually. Radboudumc changed and developed accordingly, increasingly changing into a knowledge centre for complex technical healthcare. Collaboration with local and regional partners in education and research became increasingly important. This approach encourages encounter and knowledge development. The facilities for accommodation and IT are flexible, ensuring an easy response to future changes. The ultimate goal is a high-quality campus environment for all users: from researchers and scientists to patients and relatives, and from medical professionals to ‘learning professionals’ and professors. A campus which provides something for everyone.