Implementation of the Heliport on the roof of the Traumatology building of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital

Location: Barcelona
Date: 2017 – ongoing
Surface: 1.800m²
Promoter: Catalan Health Service – Generalitat of Catalonia
Scope: Preliminary Project, Basic and Execution Project and Direction of the works 
Collaborators: Aitor Martin (enginyer aeronàutic), BIS Structures, Gepro (Instal·lacions), Francesc Xairó i Associats (Aparellador projecte), AT3 (Aparellador obra), Agudo (arquitectura), Antoni Santamaria (BIM manager).
Status: In progress
Typology: Remodelling/Widening, Hospital

It is proposed the design and construction of a new heliport of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron to facilitate the service of medical emergencies with helicopter (HEMS). For this, a raised platform will be available, sized for the landing and take-off of the most modern medical helicopters, placed on the roof of Traumatology/Burned building This solution allows reducing the number of transfers of patients arriving at the hospital by helicopter. The proposal consists of an independent, modular and compact metallic tower. It is an economic and efficient model that does not affect the structure or the care activity of the existing building.

The new tower will house a new emergency staircase for the building. The new helipad is a ventilated platform of aluminium profiles placed on a steel structure. This solution is revealed as a cost-effective alternative, providing a great lightness at the same time as a long operating life of the whole and low maintenance cost. The platform will be elevated 4.30m above the roof of the Traumatology building, a separation that configures the “ventilated platform” solution, guaranteeing the absence of turbulence on the surface of the heliport. In this way, a maximum operativeness and safety in the aeronautical operation is achieved, an aspect very appreciated by the pilots of the SEM service, and it facilitates maintenance works.

The helipad has a main entrance through a walkway, for the use of berths, and a secondary side, in the form of a staircase. This second exit guarantees evacuation in case of an accident that blocks the main exit. A new walkway will connect it to the new lifts on the existing building. A new emergency staircase within the rectangular support structure of the new helipad guarantees and improves the safety and fire evacuation of the traumatology building. This project also contemplates the replacement and updating of the elevators of this building.

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