New Karolinska Solna in progress

3/6/2013 12:54 PM CET

When the first patients arrive at the New Karolinska Solna university hospital some time in 2016, they will be offered tailored care in one of the world's most sustainable university hospitals. The New Karolinska Solna is Skanska's largest project ever, run and financed through Public Private Partnership.

New Karolinska Solna has been developed with a focus on the patient. This means that everything from architectural drawings to the operation of the completed hospital is based on the patient's integrity, safety and comfort. All patients will have single rooms and thematic care will be offered. Thematic care entails various medical experts and specialists working as a team and visiting the patient, instead of the patient being moved to different wards in the hospital.

Closer proximity between research and care

The connection to the Karolinska Institute, one of the world's leading medical universities, is highly prioritized and will be more tangible now that the two institutions are even closer together, on each side of Solnavägen. Closer proximity will result in new research from the university being converted more rapidly into daily work at the hospital, in the form of clinical tests, better work methods or new pharmaceuticals.

Green in all phases

The entire building production is a green workplace, with environmentally friendly solutions for such activities as transportation and waste management. The completed hospital will be one of the first university hospitals in the world to receive environmental certification. The target is to achieve the gold level in environmentally classified buildings and at least gold in the international certification system, LEED. The energy supply will also be eco-friendly, in the form of proprietarily produced ground-source heat and other renewable energy.

Long-term approach through PPP

With a contract value of SEK 14.5 billion, New Karolinska Solna is Skanska's largest project ever and is being executed in collaboration with the British investment fund Innisfree. The project is an example of a public private partnership (PPP), which aims to generate added value in projects compared with traditional procurement. The basis is a long-term agreement between the public sector as the client and a private party as the executor. With respect to New Karolinska Solna, Skanska and Innisfree will be responsible for financing, design, construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the new hospital through 2040.