Cologne/Merheim, 26th June 2023 – An important milestone for the “Radiology of the Future” has been marked by a topping-out ceremony. A new radiology building that is optimally tailored in line with patient needs and medical processes is being built at Merheim Hospital, one of the three Cologne City Hospitals, in line with plans drawn up by ATP architects engineers, Nuremberg. This has been designed from the start as a modular building using the latest digital design tools.
“The future potential of modular building – based on ATP’s integrated BIM model – is enormous: not only in terms of saving time, but particularly with regards to sustainability and quality of execution,” says Andreas Rieser, Managing Director of ATP Nuremberg, describing the advantages of modular building in the health sector.
The new radiology building will offer state-of-the-art x-ray diagnosis, mammography, sonography, an imaging center with computer tomography and magnetic resonance tomography, and a specially shielded angiography intervention area. The new facility, which is right next to the main building of Merheim Hospital, replaces spaces in an older building and is a forward-looking element for diagnostic and intervention on the future Merheim Health Campus. “In emergencies, rapid and precise CT imaging can be the basis for targeted and often lifesaving therapy decisions,” says Professor Dr. Axel Goßmann, Managing Director of Cologne City Hospitals and Head of the Radiology Department at the hospitals in Holweide and Merheim, explaining the key role of radiology.
The project is one of three ongoing new-build and refurbishment projects planned by ATP Nuremberg in cooperation with the health technology manufacturer Philips for Cologne City Hospitals. The new radiology building at Merheim Hospital will be occupied in early 2024.