Albania: Medical Centre of Excellence

In 2016, archQuestra put together a proposal for a new Medical Centre of Excellence in Tirana, Albania. The strategic planning was carried out by a talented and diverse team of specialists.

Dr Mirela Hasanaj - Vice President of Albanian Association of Medical Specialists

Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA - Director of archQuestra Ltd.

Dona Hasanaj RIBA - Architect & Interior Designer

Bob Wills RIBA - Chartered Architect, Medical Specialist

Azhar RIBA - Architect

John Hicks - Managing Director, Global Health, AECOM

Vanessa Norwood - Curator & Head of Exhibitions, Architectural Association 

Create Vision & Brief
The team commenced work by creating an overall vision for the Medical Centre and forming a brief, which was presented to the Government of Albania, City Authorities, Health and Finance ministries, Atelier Albania and stakeholders.
Image: Presentation to Prime Minister Edi Rama © Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
Form integrated team
Following the initial presentation, a joint, multi-disciplinary British /Albanian team was formed to lead the masterplan framework for an international Centre of Excellence for Medicine for Albania.
Image: Team photo with Prime Minister Edi Rama
Design deliver
Subsequent stages included setting out a design and business plan followed by the construction and delivery of this large, well-equipped modern children’s hospital and medical facility with integrated campus for Albania and its sub-region.
Image: Integrated delivery strategy by Aecom
Public space
The proposed development concept for the Medical Centre would be centred on a new public square in Albania's capital of Tirana, and modelled on St George's Hospital NHS Trust, London.

Image: Soviet sculpture from the 'sculpture park’ that has been created behind the National Art Gallery, Skanderbreu Square, in the centre of Tirana