Dubai: KEF Holding, a UAE-based multinational company, announced on Monday a joint venture with Australia-based TAHPI to design and build hospitals at a manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali as part of a game-changing initiative seeking to reduce healthcare costs and build time by 50 per cent.
At the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress that is currently under way at Dubai World Trade Centre, the new partnership, KEF-TAHPI Design Studio, showcased its first modular hospital concept.
Faizal E Kottikollon, chairman-founder, KEF Holdings, and chairman of KEF-TAHPI Design Studio, said the new concept — assemble rather than build solution — is the world’s first industrialised approach to healthcare design and construction. “It is innovation at an industrial scale.”
The new Jebel Ali factory, to be built with an investment of $100 million, will complement the first such plant being built at the KEF Industrial Park in Krishnagiri, India. The Jebel Ali production unit is scheduled for completion in 2016.
As part of the launch, KEF-TAHPI unveiled on Monday catalogues for five prototype hospitals, each offering a complete turnkey package comprising the facilities, equipment, commissioning and manuals. The ‘Catalogue Hospitals’ range from 18 beds to 500 beds and any size in between.
Present at the event were T.P. Seetharam, Ambassador of India to the UAE, Pablo King, Ambassador of Australia to the UAE and Qatar, as well as Aladin Niazmand, director, TAHPI.
Kottikollon said the Design Studio aims to offer a smart approach to the planning and execution of healthcare infrastructure (hospitals) across the region.
Implementing a full industrialisation of processes for design, construction and delivery, the Studio will offer clients the convenience of choosing options from a design catalogue. The company creations also include designs that can be pre-approved by local health authorities, exceeding the GCC’s high benchmarks for quality and excellence.
Niazmand, whose company was involved in capacity planning for healthcare for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, said access to good hospitals and healthcare facilities is a basic human right that countries are striving to provide for citizens. “However, demand from increasing populations in the Middle East and India far outstrips supply of durable, affordable, quality infrastructure. KEF-TAHPI Design Studio’s cost and time-effective modular solutions cater to this supply gap for smart infrastructure offerings in the healthcare industry.”
He predicted that the UAE would require 40 new hospitals within 10 years when the population almost doubles.
The stand at Arab Health Exhibition and Congress features a prototype of the KEF-TAHPI Design Studio, showcasing a realistic modular rendition of three standard hospital room types, including an in-patient bedroom, bathroom and utility room.
TAHPI is currently a strategic partner for KEF’s 500-bed tertiary hospital currently under construction in Calicut (Kerala), India. When complete in 2016, the PMHP Hospital will be India’s first healthcare facility designed and developed entirely using offsite construction.