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The Outram Community Hospital Serves As The Singapore General Hospital Campus’ Rehabilitation Facility And Main Logistics Hub.
Michele Koh Morollo

The latest facility that is part of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Campus master plan, the Outram Community Hospital is a mixed-use development comprising an office block and sub-acute care hospital block set over a rehabilitation and outpatient podium.

Commissioned by MOH Holdings, the development was designed by B+H Architects, in collaboration with project architect CIAP Architects, with the principles of integration and connectivity in mind.

Linked to the Campus’ main hospital at the third and fourth levels, the client wanted the development to serve as the main logistics hub as well as a rehabilitation facility that would shorten the time required for patient transfers from acute to sub-acute care.

The office block is located on the west corner of the site and is accessible via two planned roads – Hospital Drive and Hospital Boulevard.

Vertical and horizontal louvres along the exterior of this block reduce heat gain, so hospital staff can work more comfortably.

A kindergarten for the children of SGH staff is located on the lower level of this office block.

The administrative offices are set within the upper levels of the building, and on the roof is a garden where the children can play safely.

To future-proof the office block, the infrastructure was set up so the floor plates could be easily converted into wards if needed.

The hospital block is located on the east corner of the site, a short distance from a bus stop and Outram Park MRT Station.

To enhance connectivity, the architects created an axis spine that penetrates the building at the lower levels, linking the east corner all the way to Hospital Drive.

On the ground floor, they created a retail space that can be used by visitors, SGH staff and patients.

Via this, pedestrians can walk right through the hospital from one end to the next from the MRT exits.

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Designed with a H-shape footprint with a north-south orientation that protects the interiors against strong winds and the tropical sun, the hospital block has four basement levels.

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