Rönesans Holding
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Planning and Development
    Forensic and Psychiatric Hospitals

Forensic and Psychiatric Hospitals based on the model of care developed by SHP

The Turkish Ministry of Health’s plans are to improve the inpatient capacity and quality of psychiatric hospitals, including forensic provision across Turkey and intends to increase the number of mental health beds from the current 450 to a total of 2,400.

The flagship project determined by the Turkish Ministry of Health is the replacement of the outmoded Bakirkoy Hospital in Istanbul. This is to be the largest Mental Health facility in Turkey and will provide a 500-bed psychiatric hospital, a 240-bed forensic hospital and a 60-bed prison hospital. The design of the inpatient accommodation adapts an ethos of openness, dignity and respect with patients at the heart of everything.

SHP worked alongside Tabanlıoğlu Architects to provide a robust proposal for the Bakirkoy Hospital. The site chosen by the Ministry was relatively small but complex in nature. It included a considerable 2-3 storey cross-fall and formed part of the Istanbul city wide “green areas” Urban Park network. The site zoning needed to articulate and retain the significant parts of existing woodland and a number specimen trees. This resulted in the provision of a multi storey solution.

SHP Roles and Responsibilities

SHP has advised and supported Rönesans by liaising with in-house design teams and architects providing advice, guidance and support on design issues and providing briefing papers and presentations in support of submissions to the Turkish Ministry of Health explaining necessary changes and opportunities in respect of the original brief. SHP helped to facilitate the appropriate dialogue need through participation in workshops and presentations held in Ankara.