A host of features has made the Al Khor Health Centre distinct. These include distinct design, facilities for people with special needs and features of heritage and sustainability. While announcing the completion of the major works of the health centre, Eng. Sara al-Salhi, Building Projects Department at Ashghal, said that the project design has considered requirements of people with special needs including signages, illustrations and Braille script, comfortable toilets, wide walkways for easy movement, auto-sensor doors, and reception desks with convenient height besides car parking spaces close to the main entrances and ramps in place of steps.
“The building's design also reflects the heritage and culture of Qatar without compromising international standards of safety for firefighting, besides 3-star rated GSAS environment standard. Another important design feature of the architectural design of the health center is the inclusion of next generation technologies in the field of medical equipment and GSAS,” she added.
It’s worth mentioning that all criteria were also set by Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) since operational and architectural considerations were taken to accomplish a 3-star environmental level in terms of energy saving and environment preservation. These include using solar energy for in-house water heating, using natural sunlight through panoramic roof windows, allowing sunlight in to save a quite bit of electricity which is used in lights and to disinfect the place, rational consumption of water inside and outside the building, growing green areas and landscapes around the facility and preserving the environment around during the implementation of the project.
Ashghal has bagged two Sustainability Awards (2016) in health and education facilities by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development “GORD”, the leading organisation related to performance based systems of GSAS implementation and development in the MENA region. Over the past years, GORD examined the designs of building projects –educational and health buildings - and conducted site visits to Ashghal’s projects to verify that the projects match GSAS standards.
It’s worth noting that Ashghal implemented six new health projects in 2018, including the construction of five new health centers, namely Al Khor Health Center, Al Wakra South Health Center, Al Sadd Health Center, Al Mashaf Health Center and Ain Khaled Health Center, with a total capacity to serve about 3500 visitors daily, besides building the National Health Laboratories building, bringing the total value of the six projects to about One Billion Qatar Riyals.
The new projects come as a realisation of Qatar Vision 2030, which is the basis of Ashghal strategy to provide integrated infrastructure and public utilities that serve all sectors in the country, especially the health sector, as Ashghal has implemented about 24 health facilities during 2004 to 2021.