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Skanska’s global expertise delivers Norwegian psychiatry building

Vestfold Hospital’s psychiatry building opened last week, thanks to a team of healthcare experts from the UK and Norway.

Also called the Tonsberg project, Skanska’s UK team working with their Norwegian colleagues, handed over the 12,000 sqm building on the date agreed with the customer. Part of wider scheme, the next phase is to build a somatic care building and emergency centre, which is due to complete in 2021.

The building consists of an office and outpatient clinic for day treatment and a ward which will cover the treatment needs of 50 patients. The psychiatric building has a therapy garden, rooftop garden for dementia patients and an open atrium. The ward is a high security building that is designed to look after the health, safety and well-being of patients.

Hans Thomas Gaarder, Project Director, said: “From the beginning of this project the aim was to create a safe and comfortable space for patients, family and staff. The project has focused on making sure that the building’s design enhances patients experience during their stay at the hospital: creating an environment which motivates and engages the patients during their treatment.

“Working on a project with a high level of complexity requires collaboration between all of the stakeholders involved, at the same time focusing on meeting the requirements of the customer and the people who will use the building. We were able to achieve this by using digital technology like 6D BIM. This meant the people who will use the building could visualise the finished product before the design was finalised and make any changes that were required. The team’s work has demonstrated how drawing on our global expertise can help to deliver projects that benefit society and the communities that surround these.”

Morten Staubo, the main architect for the psychiatric building at CURA group, explained: “It was important to us at a very early stage that the needs of patients, staff and visitors using this facility are met. Throughout the construction phase we have liaised with patients and staff to ensure that their feedback has been listened to. The patients need a safe and comfortable environment where they can interact with each other. The staff are faced with many challenges on a daily basis and it’s important that we ensure they are kept safe at all times too.”

Skanska is working with CURA group to deliver the engineering and construction works on the Vesfold Hospital project. Other stakeholders include Bølgeblikk Architects, LINK Architecture, Erichsen & Horgen and Multiconsult.

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