Design for World’s Largest Children’s Hospital Unveiled in Kuwait

AL SHUWAIKH, Kuwait — Plans to build the world’s largest children’s hospital are now underway in Kuwait. The design for the hospital project was unveiled for the first time on Feb. 1 at the Arab Health Conference in Dubai by the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

The Kuwait Ministry of Public Works appointed SSH — one of the leading firms in building, design and construction in the Middle East — to provide design services for the hospital on a design-award-construct basis. Global architects HKS and global engineering firm WSP are also involved in the project. The 322,914-square-foot facility will be built in the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area in Al Shuwaikh.

The design concept of this giant hospital project is said to be unique with its “futuristic hospital” design theme, according to a statement issued by SSH. The project incorporates advanced designs that include both state-of-the-art technology and energy conservation, according to an article by Trade Arabia. As the largest hospital of its kind, it will have enough space for 792 beds and 2,400 parking spaces. There will be a helipad to support emergency air transport services as well as a day-care center for children of staff members working at the hospital.

In addition to its functional design, one of the goals of the hospital project is to provide a welcoming, comfortable, stress-free and home-like environment for its patients and their families, according to SSH. The facility will also include diagnostic and treatment centers to complement all tertiary care services, along with other non-clinical support and public departments.