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Singapore hospital redesign is double victory for Scottish firm

RMJM, the Edinburgh-based architecture firm, has won two top awards from the Singapore Institute of Architects for its redesign of the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in the Asian island nation.

The public hospital in the Yishun district of Singapore won the Building of the Year and the Best Institutional Healthcare Building Design awards.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has 550 beds and is the top healthcare institution in the region. It has been transformed into a relaxing environment for recovery, which combines the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape with cutting-edge security and safety features. The SIA commended RMJM for creating a powerful environment for healing from a building normally associated with illness. The hospital is located in a lush green setting next to the area’s Yishun Pond.

The resdesign involved reclaiming the shoreline of the Yishun Pond for exercise paths and food pavilions.

The pond forms a centrepiece to the 105,000 square metre site, which also includes a landscaped courtyard and a terraced green roof with organic gardens, all providing stunning vistas for patients and staff from different areas within the hospital.

Completed in 2010, the state-of-the-art hospital has blast-protected triage, treatment and surgery units. The ambulance and emergency areas are also equipped for civil emergencies and incorporate large decontamination and quarantine areas.

Peter Schubert, RMJM’s design director, said: “Being recognised for the outstanding design by the SIA is a fantastic achievement for RMJM.”

The company is a UK-based international architectural firm with offices throughout the UK, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. It was founded in 1956 by renowned British architects Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall.

RMJM once employed Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, as an adviser.

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