Why is it so important to take the inputs of hospital consultants while your architect designs dream hospital. What does the architect brief includes that help your hospital architect?
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Rationale for this blog post
Many doctors do take independent decision while they freeze their hospital architectural designs. Is it right?
It takes ages for a doctor to prove their clinical abilities and if they are planning for a hospital, then they must have gone through that hardship of meeting the patients’ expectation. Similarly, a hospital design consultant before offering their consulting services, they would have drilled themselves and dirtied their hands to offer hospital planning consulting services.
In this blog article, we try to emphasise the importance of Hospital consultants role in helping you make your dream a perfect pitch. You just set up an expectation, and we help you reach that expectations.
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Kasee Sreenivas, has explained in detail on the process involved while you plan designing your dream hospital project. The opinion is limited to the process of concept drawings to the final designs called as “Good for Construction” drawings. We would advise you to go through this before you continue reading this part of the explanation.
It may so happen that, doctors / owners jump into conclusions and directly approach an architect to help them out to start designing their dream hospital project. But we advise this should be the second step.
The hospital promoters has to be ready with the information needed by an architect. The profession hospital architects are relatively new and they may not be knowing the standards and for many architects, such assignments may be 1 in 20. Hence it is highly impossible to know the detailing of the hospital project, unless they call themselves to be a hospital architect and executed at least 2-3 hospital projects.
Hospital consultants are also relatively new profession, and they bridge the gap between the hospital promoters and the architects. They collectively gather information from all the departments and draft a report called “Architect Brief”. This is the detailed architectural inputs that will help any architecture to start working on the concept designs.
Majority of the time, the hospital owners will struggle and sit for long time to brief the architect and come out with the first cut designs. At this stage, the best alternative is to take an opinion from Hospital consultants and cover the critical points that are essential to the hospital.
The architects may resist to make major design changes and it may so happen that they may not cooperate with the hospital consultant. So they end up taking critical inputs and ignore minor changes. At the end of the day, the architect can add a hospital portfolio, but the people operating the hospital feel the burnt of improper designs.
With advancing hospital designs, functional program has gained traction in the industry. It is a science to describe the functions of each department, people movement and space requirement for time motion study based on the number of patients and human resource. It will also consider the clean and dirty area and avoid cross transmission of micro-organisms to control spreading of infection.
Private hospitals do consider all these because of the personal interest of the promoter. Whereas in Government hospital, these are very much ignored.
Hospital consultants, will have the complete knowledge of these functional aspect and they could help the promoters to document these and debrief the architect. It would be easier if the hospital consultant is involved from the beginning of the project conceptualisation, but based on our experience this is not the case.
What is our advise to the hospital project owners?
Based on our 12 years of experience in hospital consulting, 95% of the enquiries comes to us after they freeze the designs or in the process of constructing the building. We have offered design validation services and for any major structural changes if that would be possible to do at that stage. In the process, both the owners and architects would feel that is too much and sideline hospital consultants and take up their decisions. Few doctor promoters, listens to the complexities and wish to accomodate those changes.
It is our advise to the hospital promoters that it would be beneficial to everybody if hospital consultants are involved from the beginning. One will witness the outcome when the hospital is completely established and functional.