In the Meilahti campus, we are building a new hospital, the Bridge Hospital, which is the largest construction project in the history of HUS.
The Bridge Hospital will replace Töölö Hospital and a part of the Department of Oncology. We will connect the new hospital building both in terms of its activities and facilities to Meilahti Tower Hospital and Meilahti Triangle Hospital, as well as to the parts of the Department of Oncology that will remain in use. These will form a uniform functional entity.
Construction work will be completed in summer 2022
The construction project started in 2018 and has progressed on schedule to be completed in summer 2022. After completion of construction, we will begin the final furnishing of the premises with fittings and equipment installations. During the rest of the year, our personnel will get acquainted with the facilities, receive training, and prepare for the start-up of activities.
The implementation method of our construction project was cooperative management contracting with a target budget. In the contract, we set qualitative targets and a timetable and cost target for the main contractor. The implementation method enabled simultaneous planning and construction, on which our concise construction schedule was based. We have also built the hospital by block, which has made it possible to start installing equipment and fittings in parts of the building already before the entire building is completed.
In the project, we have utilized the efficient Big Room working method by bringing the planners, client, future users of the facilities, and project contractors around the same table regularly.
First patients will be admitted in 2023
In January 2023, most of our current operations at Töölö Hospital will be transferred to Bridge Hospital, including orthopedics, traumatology and neurosurgery, as well as most of the operations of the current Department of Oncology. Already earlier in 2021, part of the activities of Töölö Hospital were transferred to the Meilahti campus, as we completed the first renovation phase of Park Hospital (formerly Children’s Hospital).
Bridge Hospital will house the emergency department, surgery unit, intensive care units, outpatient clinics, day hospital, and inpatient wards. Our new hospital will also include teaching and lecture rooms, as well as a restaurant, cafeteria, and business premises. The first patients will be admitted when all units have moved in after January 2023.
The merging of the Töölö and Meilahti hospital campuses is a big change for our personnel. We have established an extensive change organization to plan and manage the change, and to oversee the merging of functions. In addition to combining the different operational cultures, we will develop new kinds of treatment processes and plan the functionality of the entire hospital.
INFORMATION ON THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
- Location: Helsinki, Meilahti
- Construction time: 2018–2022
- Hospital functions will start in: 2023
- Owner: HUS
- Developer: HUS Real Estate
- Main contractor: SRV
- Construction site web pages
- Main designer: Team Integrated consortium which involves four architecture firms: AW2-Arkkitehdit Oy, Brunet Saunier Architectures S.A, Arkkitehtuuritoimisto B&M Oy, and Arkkitehtitoimisto Harris-Kjisik OY
- Scope: 69,920 brm²
- Cost estimate: MEUR 295