Based in Pretoria’s green precinct of Menlyn Maine, Cintocare Hospital has received a five-star Green Star Custom Healthcare design certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The specialised surgical hospital will focus primarily on the head and neck, spinal, neuro and vascular surgery.

“Earning SA’s first Custom Healthcare Green Star rating for Cintocare Hospital continues Growthpoint’s track record of exceptional green building leadership and displays Cintocare’s innovation. Together, they are creating a sustainable healthcare facility designed around the well-being of patients and hospital staff that supports the environment and its communities, which is changing the future of healthcare properties in SA,” says Lisa Reynolds, CEO of GBCSA.

Comments Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint’s chief development and investment officer: “We are delighted that our collaboration with Cintocare has led to this state-of-the-art hospital becoming the country’s very first certified green hospital property. Growthpoint is very proud to be part of creating a greener, healthier, more sustainable built environment and healthcare sector.”

New green building certification tool

The collaboration between Growthpoint, Cintocare, GBCSA, and the professional team, including Aurecon, has resulted in a new green building certification tool for the healthcare and property sectors, to which Solid Green also contributed its expertise. This green certification tool is a road map to drive the development of more green healthcare buildings in South Africa in future, and it is available to everyone.

Construction of the R470m specialist hospital began in July 2018 and, despite the Covid-19 lockdown, the project is on track for completion in the final quarter of 2020. The year-long planning for the project included the comprehensive collaboration of its operators, doctors, promoters, developers, owners, green partners and other stakeholders.

Sustainable design principles

Cintocare Hospital’s green building rating was achieved through an architectural design that incorporates sustainable design principles. The hospital includes seven floors; the hospital plant room, three clinical and consulting levels and three parking levels with 335 secure parking bays. The 100-bed hospital, with a built-in capacity to expand to 160 beds, incorporates five theatres, of which three are banked and one is a hybrid.

The exterior of the building reflects its fundamental purpose. Its glass façade, that also serves to shade the building, will be complemented by design features evocative of spinal vertebra found in the neck.