Politecnica of Italy is the Lead International Consultancy. Britech are the Lead Kenyan Consultants and Local Project Coordinators. Symbion is the local architect. Britech is responsible for design and construction supervision of the civil and structural works, Geomax are the mechanical and electrical engineers, Ramani did the topographic survey and En’vilead were responsible for obtaining NEMA and Local Authority approvals for the project. Nderitu consultants are the Quantity Surveyors.
The building is perceived as part of the East African region and center of excellence for medical research, teaching and treatment, with specific focus as a Center of Excellence in Nephrology and Urology. The institute’s location is within the Ministry of Health facilities in the area adjacent to the Kenyatta National Hospital it’s within easy reach of the hospital and in close proximity to Ngong Road and means of transport for the general public.
The building form has evolved to have a ‘’Y’’ shape in plan which is a result of the functional planning to accommodate the teaching facilities and the healthcare facilities in a symbiotic relationship. The proposed building covers a gross floor area of approximately 22,000 square metres which is spread over 6 storeys; a basement, ground floor and 4 storeys above.
The various users are catered for in terms of master planning and access design. Routes of access have been designed for the general public, the adjacent Kenyatta National Teaching & Referral Hospital, Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and the University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences. The new centre of excellence in Nephrology and Urology therefore seeks to provide circulation linkages and connections with the three facilities as one integrated health service complex.
The kidney institute comprises outpatient and diagnostic facilities for patients with renal and Urological health issues, as well as inpatient and surgical facilities. The inpatient wards are designed to provide a therapeutic and calm environment with a low number of patients per wardroom.
The services and support facilities are located in the basement which is a semi-basement as it opens to an outside courtyard. The teaching function is also facilitated in a separate but linked wing that houses lecture rooms, seminar rooms, a library/ resource centre and a medical training suite.
The flat roofs allow for the positioning of the building ventilation, air-conditioning and solar water heating equipment in easily accessible areas. The building has also been designed to allow for future vertical expansion, should the need arise.
The design for life and fire safety has been based on local and international codes and best practice. The building has been compartmentalized in accordance with the fire code and fire rated doors specified at compartment partitions in protected zones and corridors. Fire escape staircases with smoke lobbies have been designed accordingly.
The design of the building form minimizes the visual impact of some of the service areas by incorporating a roof garden over part of the basement electrical and mechanical services plant rooms.