NTFGH and JCH are the first twinned hospitals in Singapore

Nestled in Singapore’s burgeoning Jurong lakeside business and leisure district, the 700-bed Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and 400-bed Jurong Community Hospital (JCH) form the city’s first integrated healthcare hub. 

The 1100-bed development comprises an outpatient clinic, a community hospital and an acute care general hospital, all designed to provide patient care, treatment and rehabilitation seamlessly between the healthcare buildings. The seamlessness also extends to the transportation, with Jurong East MRT station and Jurong East Bus Interchange conveniently located nearby.

WSP supplied expertise in the areas of MEP, infection control provisions design, communication and security system and testing and commissioning for the healthcare complex. HOK and CPG Consultants Ptd Ltd. served as architects and hospital planner.

“This project started as early as May 2009; from preparation of consultancy tender, project kick-off till overall project completion in Dec 2015; I had gone through the complete cycle for the building of acute hospital with the effects from the team of engineers from both Singapore and Hong Kong,” project manager Tan Hwee Khoon said.

“Seven years of involvement in the design and construction have provided me many opportunities to work with people from different fields and learnt to be more resilience in this long journey,” Tan said.

The Emergency Department, Operating Theatres and ICU are located on top of one another and accessible through dedicated trauma lifts to allow the speedy delivery of services for critical patients. 18 state-of-the-art operating theatres are equipped with technologically savvy machines for precise and minimally invasive surgery and also 3D viewing capabilities.

Breaking new design grounds is the fan-shaped wards in both NTFGH and JCH which provide all patients with a window, thereby improving ventilation and infection control and allowing sunlight to stream through.

Shading measures are installed to maximize daylight and minimize the sun’s glare. Horizontal louvres shield patients against the low-angle sun in the morning and the evening. When a haze strikes, both hospitals will employ a centralized air filtration system for filtered air to the naturally ventilated wards.

JCH is home to the garden city’s first mobility park for patients. A bus, taxi and MRT train carriage create a simulation of a public transport setting for patients to relearn taking public transport. Facilities such as ramps, steps, textured surfaces, foot reflexology path are also at the ready for them to learn to readjust to everyday life and society.

NTFGH and JCH’s green designs garnered them the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building Construction Authority of Singapore in 2013. Energy-saving features include solar-paneled roofs for powering landscape lightings, selective deployment of LED lightings, generating hot water and occupancy sensor lighting activated by body heat and movement. Water-saving features include collecting rainwater to water plants and using NEWater in the cooling towers of the air-conditioning system.

NTFGH and JCH have scooped awards from around the globe, including Finalist (Health – Completed Buildings) from World Architecture Festival 2016, Berlin, and Honor Award from American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Honor Award for Architecture 2016.