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First comprehensive cancer hospital in Dubai will be designed by Stantec

DCN-JOC News Services
First comprehensive cancer hospital in Dubai will be designed by Stantec
STANTEC—Stantec is designing the first-ever comprehensive cancer hospital in Dubai, an over 600,000-square-foot facility inspired by the Ghaf tree, UAE’s national tree and a symbol of life, peace and tolerance.

DUBAI—Sustainable design and engineering firm Stantec has been selected to provide design services for the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai’s first integrated, comprehensive cancer hospital.

The 603,000-square-foot hospital will house 50 clinics, 30 clinical trial areas, 60 infusion rooms, 10 urgent care rooms, five radiotherapy rooms and 116 inpatient beds to meet current and future levels of demand. It will also feature 19 gardens and green space throughout the hospital campus. It is scheduled to open to patients in 2026.

The hospital will be designed to LEED Gold standards from the U.S. Green Building Council and the design will also meet requirements for WELL Building Standards, developed by the International WELL Building Institute.

Stantec is supporting the hospital’s shift in care delivery, moving from a traditional inpatient model to an ambulatory model of care, states a release, adding this includes integrating primary care with diagnosis and treatment to offer detection and intervention at earlier stages of the patient’s journey.

The new facility will draw in natural daylight while integrating direct contact with nature for the entire community and future phased campus development will be centered around promoting the new Hamdan Bin Rashid Square as the heart of a new mini campus.

“Our design draws inspiration from the Ghaf tree, the UAE’s national tree and a symbol of life, peace, and tolerance. The tree often possesses a twisted geometry, reflected in how the new cancer hospital is composed—lower and raised blocks, gently twisted, and including a large court as a centre of gravity and focal point,” said David Martin, global design director for Stantec, in a statement. “A small grove of Ghaf trees in the square will provide a memorable sense of place and symbolize the rich contribution Hamdan Bin Rashid has made to the health of the community.”

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