Iceland gets it's first super hospital

Published: 17-11-2015

NIRAS is to transfer experience from Danish super hospital to Iceland where two hospitals in the capital Reykjavik now are to be merged

In 2023, the National University Hospital of Iceland will open its doors for a new country hospital accommodating 600 patients and a further 80 patients in a patient hospital.

The new hospital will be a merger between the two hospitals Hringbraut Hospital and Fossvogur Hospital, and the purpose is to build a state-of-the-art super hospital which matches the requirements for treatment methods, higher patient capacity, better patient facilities and more centralised hospital services.

The merger will be effected at the hospital in Hringbraut which, in addition to the existing 53,000 square metres, is to be expanded by a further 75,000 square metres.

Relations in Iceland since 1980

The consortium corpus3 won the contract. The consortium consists of two architectural firms, Basalt and Hornsteinar, and two advisory firms, VJI and VSÓ.

As sub-consultant to the Icelandic consultant VSÓ, with whom NIRAS worked for the first time already in 1980, NIRAS also has relations with a hospital in Reykjavik.

From obstetrician to arms and legs

NIRAS' project is divided into two stages. The first stage involves obstetric aid with know-how within hospital planning, such as strategy and division of roles and review of the preliminary project which corpus3 is to carry on.

The second stage offers planning and design within constructions, sustainability, HWS, ventilation, electricity, IT, medical gasses and specialist equipment, such as AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) and pneumatic tube systems.

The hospital project in Iceland is a natural consequence of the many assignments which NIRAS solves in the Danish health sector, e.g. at the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), the New Aarhus University Hospital and at the New Odense University Hospital.

Foreign countries now also benefit from these experiences, and NIRAS' references and CVs were decisive factors for Icelandic VSO winning the contract as they do not hold such expertise themselves.

Project manager Thomas Japp Davidsen looks forward to bringing NIRAS’ hospital knowledge into play.

'I am very pleased that NIRAS' extensive know-how within health is in high demand in both Denmark and abroad. This confirms that we are the ones holding world-class knowledge which is in demand' he says. 

On the construction work


Project period: 2015-2023

Construction will start in 2018

Size of construction: 128,000 m2 – 75,000 new construction and 53,000 existing buildings


Major hospital projects where NIRAS is client consultant:


  • DNU Aarhus – The New Aarhus University Hospital (Skejby) 
  • The new national centre for particle therapy at DNU Aarhus 
  • The new teaching and research centre FORUM, DNU Aarhus
  • DNV Gødstrup – The New Hospital in West
  • New OUH – New Odense University Hospital
  • New Herlev Hospital
  • The Copenhagen University Hospital, North Wind Project (parking garage, patient hotel and neurological dept., etc. expansion)
  • The Copenhagen University Hospital, Children's Hospital 
  • Two new regional sterile centres at the Copenhagen University Hospital and Herlev Hospital of the Capital Region.
  • New Forensic Psychiatry at Sct. Hans in Roskilde

    In addition to this, NIRAS is construction manager at:
  • NAU, New Aalborg University Hospital
    and has designed
  • New Kolding Hospital



Contact info

Thomas Japp DavidsenAllerødT: +45 4810 4702E: Send E-mail
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