Radboudumc focuses on sustainable care with a new main building

Editorial Medicalfacts/ Janine Budding 23 August 2022 – 07:40

On 4 July, the new main building for Radboudumc in Nijmegen opened its doors to employees, patients and visitors. With this new sustainable building A, Radboudumc becomes more compact, more flexible in use and has a smaller ecological footprint. The single rooms and smart technologies give the patients a lot of freedom and ease the burden on the healthcare staff. The interior stimulates the patient’s recovery both inside and outside the room: it provides calm where necessary and challenges where possible.

The UMC of the future

The entire campus will go from 480,000 m2 to 380,000 m2; a smaller and more compact campus. This reduction fits into umc’s vision of the future of care: a more compact and more intensive use of housing, use of modern technology and other ways of working and collaborating. Bertine Lahuis, chairman of the board: ‘With this beautiful new building, we are taking an important step towards sustainable care, the healthcare of the future. Care that keeps people and the environment as healthy as possible, that is meaningful, reasonable and affordable, and that prevents rather than cures.’

Photo: Atriet, Radboudumc

Healing environment

The principles of a healing environment are incorporated into the design guidelines. The attention to light and visibility and to green areas contributes to this. Like windows that can be opened, the further layout of the building and, for example, hiding connections and equipment from view. The green environment around building A and on the entire campus also invites exercise, if possible. This is widely used by patients, visitors and staff. Great emphasis is also placed on meetings in the design. For this purpose, seats and corners have been created that enable (random) meetings.

Smart technology

The new building A uses smart technology. This gives patients more autonomy and nursing work is more efficient. The patient can decide the curtains, temperature and position of the bed themselves via a tablet. There are also all kinds of digital facilities that are comfortable for the patient and that make care more efficient and flexible for the healthcare staff. This can help reduce the workload for nurses. In addition, smart technology is used such as care phones, digital door signs, tablets for patients and intelligent care and call systems for patients and carers. In this way, alarms and calls go directly to the right person, for example the nutrition assistant when it comes to a glass of water; the nurse, when it comes to medicine, for example.

Explanation of tablet use for patients in building P Radboudumc


Sustainability is very important to Radboudumc. In the building plans, glass facades, floors and roofs have been extra insulated to achieve the lowest possible energy consumption. Solar cells generate sustainable energy, heat-cold storage regulates the temperature in the hospital and ‘own’ wind turbines generate additional energy. This reduces consumption to a minimum of CO2 emissions. Building A meets the highest sustainability requirements for the BREEAM excellent quality mark; it is the highest rating for a building’s sustainability.

Photo: Each patient has a single room Radboudumc

A view of the future

The move to building A marks an important next step towards a compact campus, but it does not mean the end of (construction) work. For example, the Research Tower and the Study Center (opposite the new main entrance) must be renovated, and a large number of buildings must eventually be demolished. Construction is expected to be completed around 2026. In the meantime, much has been completed, moved and put into use in recent years. For example, the pulmonary infection patients from Dekkerswald recently moved to the new building P with the High Level Isolation Unit, and the pulmonary rehabilitation moved to building L; The Amalia Children’s Hospital is also being renovated and the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is now operational and Kiezel, a Ronald McDonald room. The experience center was also put into use at the beginning of 2021.

Digital Magazine

On the occasion of the opening of our new building A, we have created a digital magazine. Here you will not only find more information about the new building and the stories behind it, but also information about other newly constructed and in-use buildings and departments, such as the hyper-modern building P. In addition, the Magazine shows what is involved in moving a hospital . The complete digital magazine can be found here: www.radboudumc.nl/nieuwecampus!

The partners

The design, made in collaboration with EGM architects, and the execution of the main building fully meet the wishes and requirements set by Radboudumc. Radboudumc project managers have worked intensively for 5 years with the FourCare consortium consisting of Trebbe, Van Wijnen, ENGIE Services and Unica and many other suppliers.

Source: Radboudumc

Editorial Medicalfacts/ Janine Budding

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