In efforts to upgrade the level of national healthcare and address the increase in demand of patient flow rate in the country, the Ministry of Public Works of Kuwait is collaborating with the leading regional multi-disciplinary firm, Pace, to undertake the construction of one of the largest healthcare projects in the region – the New Maternity Hospital. The new facility, to be ultimately handed over to the Ministry of Health, aspires to bring together all aspects of maternity care to a single complex, creating a specialised hospital.

For the New Maternity Hospital, the firm has been mandated with providing a full suite of construction services including the architectural design, construction supervision, infrastructure design and MEP works. The scope of work for this integrated and specialised medical facility also entails furnishing, medical equipment provision, and operational maintenance.

Upon completion, the hospital will accommodate 789 beds, with 460 rooms for patients and 198 intensive care rooms for premature infants, in addition to 27 operating theatres to serve obstetric, gynaecologic and IVF needs. The hospital will also include 58 delivery rooms and 74 outpatient clinics; providing a dedicated environment complete with its own support facilities.

Tarek Shuaib, CEO at Pace, said: “As trusted partners of national development for over 50 years, we continue to deliver mega development projects with the highest standards of construction quality and design excellence, including large-scale healthcare projects. We are proud to have in our portfolio some of the country’s most notable medical landmarks”.

The Hospital’s main building will consist of three large towers for in-patient beds situated atop a dense clinical podium, and adjacent to the out-patient clinical buildings, parking and a multi-level entry atrium. An Emergency Department, part of the critical care component of the facility, will tie to the wider emergency response network of the region. The Annex Building will host ambulatory services, administrative offices and an auditorium.

The spectacular site for this project, located on the coast of Kuwait Bay in the Al-Sabah Health Zone, offers a particularly exciting location to develop an environment with strong connections to the sea. Upon the client’s request the project design offers 70% of the in-patient rooms a view of the adjacent bay and coastline. Being located close to the bay area, the New Maternity Hospital will be equipped with a massive sea wall (water breaker) along the 320 metres shoreline as part of its green design. There is also a landscaping plan for the external areas and rooftops.