19 November 2015 - The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar recently recognised that HMC’s clinical staff are finding it difficult to provide care for children with complex and long-term healthcare needs in line with best practice within their existing facilities.
“Children with complex medical needs rely heavily on specialised medical technology, nursing support and clinical care. For this reason, the environments in which these patients are cared for must incorporate some of the stimulating qualities of home, school and the community, where children can learn from the world around them in a warm, comfortable and child friendly setting,” said their website.
In response, a decision was made to support the establishment of a purpose-built child development and rehabilitation centre, with the overarching vision “To create internationally recognised services for children with complex and long-term healthcare needs.”
Designed by Australian architects HDR Rice Daubney, and called the Al Maha Centre for Children and Young People, within the grounds of Al Wakra Hospital, the architects and project were recently recognised at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), being named the category winner for Health in the Future Projects category.
Aurecon was engaged by HDR Rice Daubney to provide a facade report for the planned project, which included a complex thermal study utilising advanced computer analysis to optimise the building’s facade for the expected climatic conditions.
“This report is set to play a critical role in ensuring the centre’s facade is designed to provide maximum occupancy comfort for the children, young adults and families utilising the centre,” explains Steve Hill, Senior Facade Consultant at Aurecon.
He goes on to say that “World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event, including the biggest architectural awards programme in the world. Working on a project which has won a category is an encouraging endorsement of Aurecon’s ability to support clients with a vision to ensure their projects make a meaningful and tangible difference to the communities in which they are initiated utilising cutting edge technology.”
The project represents a major step forward for a highly vulnerable group of children as well as a first of its kind in the region.