King Edward Memorial Hospital

Paget, Bermuda

The scope for this 179,000 sf project included the addition to the existing 360-bed hospital of 90 single-occupancy medical / surgical inpatient beds, a new emergency department, diagnostic imaging department, ambulatory care clinics, including chronic disease management, renal dialysis and medical oncology, a day surgical suite, information services, facility management space, public lobbies and amenities, all linked to the existing hospital facilities.

Apart from meeting clinical and related output specifications, this project was notable for the very challenging topography, limited available footprint and requirement to create a design that would complement the “Bermudian image” while achieving a world-class clinical facility.

Design innovations include application of evidence-based design principles in all single bedrooms to enhance patient safety, dignity and recovery times, reducing risks associated with medication errors and reducing stress associated with inefficient room and unit layout while incorporating views to nature, colour and natural light. The design also included sound reduction strategies.

Other features include healthy environments for patients, families and staff, including healing gardens, green roof gardens, intuitive way-finding, minimized walking distances, conveniently located amenities, separation of front- and back-of-house circulation to minimize infection control risks and respect patient confidentiality, and sustainable design features throughout. This project is being procured using a P3 (Public Private Partnership) process and is registered with USGBC and targeting LEED Certification.

Farrow in Association with Parkin Architects of Toronto and Botelho Wood Architects of Hamilton, Bermuda.