The completion and hand-over ceremony of the new Camogli Healthcare Centre was held on the 5th of June 2017
For more information about the island and ongoing project please see the website of the Tristan da Cunha Government and Tristan Association:
Galliford Try supported by Hugh Broughton Architects and Top Housing have been appointed to design and construct a new health facility on Tristan da Cunha, the world’s most remote inhabited island, in the South Atlantic. This will replace the existing hospital, which has now reached the end of its useful life. The team were selected following a competitive process. The project will draw upon their combined experience gained from producing prefabricated buildings in other isolated locations throughout the South Atlantic and in Antarctica.
The layout has been carefully arranged to maximise views and provide areas at its heart, which are filled with natural light. The building will be prefabricated by Top Housing in Sweden in a flat pack format to reduce erection time on site within the limitations of the logistic process. Foundations are formed with precast concrete pads, which support a galvanised steel grillage, providing good resistance to seismic action.
The building has an asymmetric pitched roof to allow for the simple inclusion of rooflights over the waiting area and family/multi-functional space, maximising daylight from northerly sun to these rooms.
External materials have been selected for low maintenance and durability to suit the marine environment. Elevations are clad with treated vertical fixed Siberian larch boards. The pitched roof is clad with mill finish aluminium. The building will be very well insulated and sealed. Triple glazed windows maximise natural lighting and make the most of views from the site. Rooms which are in regular use face the sea. The waiting area and a family area are lit by rooflights above and create bright spaces at the heart of the building. The interior is designed for ease of maintenance and practicality and makes best use of natural light to create a welcoming atmosphere
and a building which will be a pleasure to use.
Construction is scheduled to start on site in November for hand over to the island’s Administration in 2017.
Bengt Eklund, Director of Top Housing said:
"When we, together with our partners, were selected to design, supply and construct the new health care facility on Tristan da Cunha we were thrilled. There are many challenges in a project like this, but we are confident that with our dedicated partners and our accumulated experience working in these remote locations we will succesfully deliver the new and much wanted facility”.
Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is situated within the South Atlantic Ocean and is the remotest inhabited Island in the world. The Island lays 1,750 miles (7 to 10 days sailing) southwest of Cape Town. Life on Tristan is ruled largely by the weather, with the Island only being accessible by sea on approximately 60 days per year due to the severity of the ocean swells and limitations of the harbour facility. Tristan da Cunha actually consists of four islands – Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, which together form a group, and Gough Island that lies 220 miles to the south-east. Inaccessible and Gough are both UNESCO World Heritage sites with Gough being home to a small meteorological station where up to nine scientists live for a year at a
time. Tristan is the only island with a permanent community, known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, which has a population of around 270 people.