The Hospital of La Línea de la Concepción
“The Hospital of La Linea de la Concepción in Cadiz has become a reference in national hospital construction”
The experience of FCC in hospital infrastructure works, together with the introduction of aspects of innovation and the use of the latest state-of-the-art healthcare technology, has made the La Linea de la Concepción Hospital in Cadiz a reference in national hospital construction. The 32,000 square meters building has four floors. There are a total of 234 rooms for single use, nine operating rooms, 48 external consultation modules, 19 examination rooms and eight emergency room visits, two of them for pediatrics, as well as one 24-hour day hospital. This new health center will serve about 100,000 people, and will have an initial capacity for 7,000 operations per year, 80,000 emergencies and 127 specialist consultations.
One of the reference areas is the hospitalisation zone, which, thanks to the infrastructure implemented by FCC, will have a total of 234 rooms, all of them for individual use and with its own toilet. Of these, 34 are located in the hospital on medical-surgical day wards, or for resuscitation after anesthesia and intensive care, and the remaining 200 are for conventional hospitalisation.
Equipped with modern technology
Among the improvements implemented, a new portfolio of services has been introduced. These include: internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, gastrointestinal, hematology, nephrology, oncology, pediatrics, mental health, general surgery, traumatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, urology, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology. The benefits are complemented with clinical analysis, microbiology, pathological anatomy, preventive medicine, radiology, rehabilitation, pharmacy, anesthesia and a landing pad for helicopters.
Regarding the equipment, the area of radiodiagnostics has been reinforced, with the incorporation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment and a new remote control for studies of the digestive system. Altogether, the center has ten rooms: three X-rays, two for remote control, two echographs, a mammograph, a CT scanner and an MRI scanner. In addition, it has telemedicine services to enable interconnection and consultation among health professionals.
Thinking about the patient
The hospital has been developed with the premise of having people as the neuralgic center of the health center. FCC has sought with the construction of the hospital building to make the patients’ stay more comfortable. In fact, the humanisation of the architecture has made it possible to introduce improvements that result in more efficient medical care.
“FCC has sought with the construction of the hospital building to make the patients’ stay more comfortable”
Queries are an exponent of this bet. Its location, next to the functional exploration rooms, avoids unnecessary movement for the patients. This, added to a balanced organisational design, makes it possible for both diagnostic tests and treatment proposals to be performed on the same day of the visit.
In addition, during construction, the materials used have not only met technical or safety criteria, but they have also sought to improve the well-being of people through the treatment of color, textures and light.
Integrated into the city
“FCC’s work has included accessibility improvements in the urban environment”
The new hospital has become an architectural and technological reference in the area, as well as a dynamic element in the urban development of La Línea de la Concepción. FCC’s work has included accessibility improvements in the urban environment, such as allowing access to the Vía Parque underground, which divided the hospital’s plot into two, and a is key connection route between the East and West of the municipality. This project has also allowed the whole plot of the medical center to be pedestrianised and connected to the rest of the city.
In addition, thanks to this urban solution, the area in front of the reception is a large square that eases access to the hospital and the building services.
FCC is committed to sustainability
All the actions carried out by the company are always marked by a clear application of FCC Group’s sustainability policy, thus reducing the environmental impact of the projects it carries out. In the Hospital de la Línea, the materials proposed for the construction of the sanitary infrastructure represent only 14% of the carbon footprint corresponding to its use.
“The delivery of the work has involved technical difficulties derived from a very high water table because of the proximity of the sea”
The delivery of the work has involved technical difficulties derived from a very high water table due to the proximity of the sea, and a rainfall well above the average of the area, which converted practically the whole plot into a large raft of about 35,000 square meters. This made it necessary to rethink the connection of the building with the ground, in addition to a bilge corresponding to 250 Olympic swimming pools.
The structure of the building is concrete, with solid slabs 32 centimeters thick. In the infrastructure, 48,000 cubic meters of concrete and 5,800 tons of steel have been used, figures that indicate the efficiency in the construction of the hospital for the materials used and the construction techniques used, avoiding the exclusive use of steel.
FCC’s experience in hospital infrastructure
FCC has wide-ranging experience in the construction of hospital centers. With the evolution of healthcare these works have taken on great complexity both for the specialisation of the teams and for the delivery of the infrastructure works. FCC has become a worldwide reference in this type of highly specialised project, thanks to its innovative solutions and the ability of its professionals, who add value to each of the actions.
“FCC has become a global reference in this type of highly specialised project, thanks to its innovative solutions and the capacity of its professionals”
FCC’s portfolio includes outstanding references in this sector both in Spain and abroad. Among the first are the Ciudad Real hospital, the Son Espases hospital (Palma de Mallorca), the Hospital del Sur in Arganda (Madrid), the Hospital de Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) or the Maternidad de O’Donnel (Madrid).
Internationally, the company has built Enniskillen Hospital in Northern Ireland and Luis ‘Chicho’ Fábrega Hospital in Panama. FCC is also currently developing the City of Health in Panama, which is the largest in Central America, with an area of more than 200,000 square meters. This infrastructure, awarded for 440 million euros, will have 1,700 beds and could serve more than 1.5 million people, according to forecasts.
Awards and recognition
FCC and the hospital infrastructure works it has created have been recognised with different awards. Enniskillen Hospital achieved the ‘Building Better Healthcare Award 2013’ for the best health building; the 2013 ENR Global Best Projects Award for merit in the ‘Health’ category; and the Silver Green Apple Award 2013 in the category ‘Improvement of the Environment and Architectural Heritage’.
The new hospital in Denia (Alicante) was awarded the 2010 Aplus Prize for Sanitary Architecture, in recognition of one of the most innovative projects in the architecture sector, and the teaching pavilion at Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in El Palmar (Murcia), was recognised with the National Prize of Architecture and Decoration in Stone 2002.
These recognitions and awards go deep into FCC’s technical and human capacity for the delivery and development of first-rate healthcare projects, in which the patient is the top priority of the infrastructure.