The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is one of four dedicated children’s hospitals on the African continent, creating a much needed facility for children from South Africa and the Greater Southern Africa Development Community. The hospital is designed by Sheppard Robson International, John Cooper Architecture, GAPP and Ruben Reddy Architects.
The hospital operates as an academic tertiary care referral facility, providing services in speciality care areas such as cardiothoracic, neuroscience, nephrology, endocrine, reconstructive and general paediatric surgery.
It has been planned as a 200-bed facility, with capacity to grow to 300 beds, and includes a relatively high ratio of intensive/critical care beds along with a significant quantity of family accommodation for those accompanying sick relatives.
At the centre of the design is a secret garden, a visual and spiritual heart for the hospital, where all activity is based. The shallow floorplates allow for much of the building to be naturally lit and ventilated.
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