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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

The proposal consists of an independent, modular and compact piece. It is an economic and efficient model that does not affect the structure or the care activity of the existing Traumatology building and that, in addition, will allow to have an exact control of the cost and the execution times of the work.

The design and construction of a new heliport of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron to facilitate the service of medical emergencies with helicopter (HEMS) is proposed. For this, a raised platform will be available, sized for the landing and take-off of the most modern medical helicopters.

The proposed solution is a heliport built with a ventilated platform of aluminium profiles 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. In addition, this solution would allow the future displacement of the heliport to another point of the hospital.

The platform will be elevated 4.85m 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.

The new heliport of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron will be formed by a circular floor of 20m diameter on a square base. It will have a main entrance with ramp for the use of bunk beds and another secondary one in the form of a staircase. This second guarantees and improves the safety and fire evacuation of the building, since it is connected by walkways both on the roof and in each level of the existing volume.

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