1) Conceptualisation of the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital’s design commenced in 2012, and during this exciting pen-on-paper time our dreams of creating this proudly Namibian medical facility started to become a reality.
The brief to Howard and Chamberlain Architects focused on accessibility, comfort, excellence, achievement, quality and legibility.
The project feasibility was undertaken once the concept design was in place. With intensive number crunching in place, the LPPH management team was enabled to decide on the project’s future.
2) The LPPH management team gave go ahead for the consulting team to advance with the hospital’s detailed design, along with further refinement of the feasibility.
Once the design was approved, the municipal drawings were generated and the building permit process was initiated. The bulk earthworks were contracted to prepare the hospital site’s construction platform.
3) An intensive tender process was undertaken to select the most suitable building contractor who would align to the very specific design requirements within the defined budget.
The site was handed over to Stefanutti Stocks in October 2013, and the momentous ground breaking event was celebrated. The reality of LPPH was further entrenched with the pouring of the first concrete in November 2013.
4) With the structure in place, completed in December, the contractors could proceed with the installation of the roof trusses. The first tiles were laid at the end of 2014 – giving us a taste of the ultimate internal aesthetics.
5) 2014 saw our LPPH rise from the ground, with the first structural columns being built in January, extending the building into its eventual three floors.
6) The LPPH site became a hub of activity and transformation during the first quarter of 2015, with the roof sheets installed at the end of February, internal brickwork virtually completed, and the installation of services, vinyl finishes and the façade brickwork well underway.
Further aesthetic features in progress, which elevate LPPH’s status within the overall Hilltop Estate, include the impressive exterior concrete columns and the hospital’s extensive main atrium glass panels.
7) The Hilltop Estate Medical Precinct roof-wetting event, held on 27 April 2015, was a great success.
The event was held on the hospital site, with the primary aim of showcasing the development’s progress, including the LPPH Medical Suites and the Namibian High Performance Centre.
The City of Windhoek’s deputy mayor, hospital shareholders, the media, as well as the development and consultant teams attended the event. Speeches were made by our patron and guest of honour, Madam Pohamba, Dr Paddy Murphy (LPPH director) and Desmond Howard (LPPH director).