New Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital completed

New Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital completed

The 9 300m2 Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital in Bloemfontein was officially opened in February 2018.

The 9 300m2 Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital in Bloemfontein was officially opened in February 2018, and is expected to meet the growing healthcare demands of Bloemfontein and surrounds

The private hospital, adjacent to the airport, is a single-storey structure with 110 beds, four operating theatres, an administration department, a coffee shop, consulting rooms, a pharmacy, a radiology department and 24-hour emergency centre.

The building was constructed with 200 000 of Corobrik’s Agate Satin FBX face bricks.

Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s commercial director, says clay face brick is a preferred choice for its various positive attributes that benefit those involved in the development, as well as those using a building for years to come.

“The clay brick has noise insulation properties, superior thermal comfort and the ability to create a healthy living environment through the prevention of moisture build up. Add to this the brick’s durability, lack of plastering and painting requirements as well as the innate aesthetics, and it’s evident why many healthcare facilities feature Corobrik’s face bricks.”

To meet these requirements, Ruben Reddy Architects were brought on board to design a structure which would be aesthetically appealing while taking into account the hospital’s location. Overseen by Gonzalo Prieto, director at Ruben Reddy Architects, Corobrik’s Agate Satin face brick was selected for external use in the building.

“We had to consider the conditions – the hospital is located close to an airport, so it will be exposed to noise, wind and dust,” says Prieto. “We wanted a product that was durable and low maintenance to prevent long-term costs, and one that would retain the aesthetics for the lifespan of the product despite the external elements.”

The pale yellow Agate Satin was selected as the architects were looking for something modern, in line with the hospital’s look and feel.

“The red and orange face brick is a much more traditional look but we wanted something a bit different for this project and the Agate Satin seemed the best fit,” says Prieto. “We liked that we could display the raw nature of the material, showing it as it is. People can actually get up close to the material itself.”

The accessibility of the face brick was further enhanced by the fact that Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital is a one-storey building, constructed at an unusually low level in accordance with airport requirements.

The noise-abatement properties of Corobrik’s clay face brick range further encouraged its use in this structure, although Prieto says the noise created by aeroplanes is not necessarily a major issue

“We had an acoustics engineer do an assessment of the site and necessary insulation devices were incorporated. However, the noise of the planes tends to dissipate before reaching the building, and it was actually the noise of rain that needed to be considered when constructing the ceiling.”

He says the hospital configuration centres around a courtyard, providing patients and visitors with an intimate outdoor space, while also screening the wards from runway noise.

Commenting on the completed design, Shangase concludes: “This hospital is a great reflection of the importance of visual appeal and structural comfort in the recuperation and recovery of patients.”