BAM joint venture wins competition for Swiss hospital project

24 April 2019 12:57 - BAM Deutschland AG / BAM Swiss AG
Artist's impression Kantonsspital

Stuttgart, 23 April 2019 - The Board of Directors of Kantonsspital Aarau AG (Aarau Cantonal Hospital or KSA) has selected the proposal of a Marti / BAM joint venture for the construction of the new Aarau cantonal hospital. The ‘Dreiklang’ building concept impresses with its integrating functionality, the clear separation of outpatient and inpatient medicine as well as its flexibility. The ‘Dreiklang’ concept is based on short distances for staff and patients. Aarau is the capital of the northern Swiss canton of Aargau. KSA is the largest hospital in the canton of Aargau and, next to the Swiss university hospitals, one of the largest medical centres in Switzerland. Final project approval is expected in the third quarter of 2019; construction will start in spring 2020. According to plan, the new hospital will be operational in 2024.

The Dreiklang project has been developed by a joint venture, consisting of Marti Gesamtleitungen AG, BAM Swiss AG and BAM Deutschland AG. The architects are Burckhardt + Partner AG and Wörner Traxler Richter. BAM has considerable experience and expertise realising major hospital projects in Germany and Switzerland. Recently BAM Swiss and BAM Deutschland completed the Felix Platter-Hospital in Basel (320 beds).

‘Dreiklang’ (or Triad): three dimensions in harmony

The projected building is divided into three main areas, which are united by the overall structure: outpatient clinics, functional areas and ward stations. The ‘Dreiklang’ concept is based on short distances for staff and patients. Highly frequented department such as emergency, radiology or outpatient departments of internal medicine are located on the ground floor, the surgical disciplines in the first, the interventional and conservative disciplines and intensive care on the second floor. The third floor includes a mother-child centre including neonatology.

More green space for the city

By demolishing existing buildings and redesigning the park, the current fragmentation will be dissolved and the green space in the heart of the city will be increased from today's 75,000 m2 to more than 94,000 m2. Existing works of art and the existing historic garden will be integrated into the new design. Employees, patients and visitors alike can enjoy the new park. The city's largest park remains a meeting place and also receives a wide range of use and development options for the population.