Kathleen Hume – Project Architect
for Inpatient Units – FGG Architects  Inc


‘iNkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital’, Durban.

Kathleen Hume – Project Architect for the Inpatients Units whilst an Associate at FGG Architects. She was one of three Project Architects for the hospital project.

Architects: FGG Architects Inc

Year:  1987-2002 (incl 2 moratoriums 1991-1993 &1994-1996)

Cost:  $400 million

Area:  75 000 sq.m

Client: Department of Health

Originally designed as a 1000 bed Academic Hospital in 1987, the project was shelved, and on resurrection in 1996, the brief was changed to an 846 bed tertiary, referral hospital. The client was the Department of Health, and at a very late stage in the project became a PPP, with the private partnership being the Impilo Consortium.

Situated in Cato Manor, South Africa, the hospital complex is on an 80 hectare site and comprises a number of buildings including; residential complex, administration block, laundry, crèche, laboratory building and the main hospital building, including central plant with 4 inpatient ward blocks

The hospital is planned on four levels, making use of the sloping site. The entrance is in the centre of the Main Hospital building on level 3, attempting to reduce the length of the hospital streets as much as possible. Special attention was given to movement patterns, be it patient, staff, visitor or service circulation. Medical facilities are generally on level 3 & 4, and staff and service facilities on level 1 & 2. Four Ward blocks, each with 4 levels, are linked to the main hospital building.