Key role for Clarkbond engineers on Myanmar humanitarian project

Unplanned growth, a lack of strategic planning and continuous underfunding has left the largest public hospital in Myanmar, in a state of disorganisation with a number of vital functions of the hospital, such as water management and patient access to A&E in dire need of regeneration.

Originally constructed during the colonial rule of the British in 1909, the Yangon General Hospital is the largest public hospital in Myanmar, and is responsible for training approximately one third of Myanmar’s medical workforce.

Clarkebond is part of a project team assisting in design, advice and training for local staff and engineers to help with reinvigorating the Yangon Hospital as part of an overall masterplan produced by Article 25, the largest architectural charity in the world.  The Masterplan sets out the sustainable expansion of the campus, taking into account the building’s heritage as well as providing adequate space for patients and staff, over an estimated 20 years, divided into 4 phases.

James Adams, Associate Director, Civil Engineering at Clarkebond (pictured standing), has recently returned from his second trip to Mayanmar, and is planning a third in the near future.  “Our work alongside local designers and contractors here is vital to the future health of the country.  The masterplan will guide the hospital into a future as the central institution of the Myanmar healthcare system.”

The international team of design consultants is now working alongside the hospital on the first year of Phase 1 (itself 4 years in total), to provide assessment and strategic design for a few key areas of work with the broad aim over this period of ‘making the campus safe’. This work is initiated by the Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Trust under the request of the Ministry of Health, with international experts funded by UK Aid.

The work focuses on four key buildings which have been identified as essential in providing services, both to the hospital and the city at large, in the event of a disaster.  Clarkebond is currently helping with the delivery of localised civil engineering works that will enable the drainage to function properly, following decades of neglect.

Civil, infrastructure, drainage engineers:  Clarkebond
Structural engineers:  Michael Hadi Associates
Approved Inspectors: Quadrant
Building services engineers: Max Fordham LLP
Hospital engineering & fire safety: Hoare Lea