Queen Sophia Primary Health Care Clinic

New Clinic and Staff Housing

 

Queen Sophia Primary Health Care Clinic

New Clinic and Staff Housing

 

Queen Sophia Primary Health Care Clinic

New Clinic and Staff Housing

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New Clinic And Staff Housing

The Queen Sophia resettlement farm in the Outjo District was part of the Namibian Government’s resettlement programme. The project consisted of five government farms with a total of 21 000 hectares, situated about 75 km between Outjo and Otavi in the Kunene region. In 1998 fifty families were resettled here with the hope that they would establish livelihoods here and the farm would become commercially viable. To assist them, the Spanish Government contributed N$ 14 million towards infrastructure development in the area that included houses, a school, farm equipment and livestock. Fittingly, the settlement was named after the Spanish queen, the main sponsor of the project.

Karen Munting Architect (now Munting Rechholtz Architects) was appointed in 2012 by the Ministry of Health to design a primary health care clinic that would address the needs of the local community as well as the residents of the adjacent farms. The clinic accommodation includes basic primary health facilities to provide immunisations, ARV and TB treatments, basic maternity care, and consulting rooms for general health issues. The complex also has a mortuary, ambulance shelter and incinerator, a guard house, and staff accommodation for 3 resident nurses.

Material employed for the construction was selected for its durability, whilst supporting local Namibian manufacturing. To this end, Namclay bricks from nearby Uis were used extensively for facebrick construction and pedestrian paving; and local slate tiles were selected to finish off the verandah floors. Locally manufactured paint was also used throughout. All of this reduced the embodied energy of the materials used for construction, since much of it is sourced within a short distance from the settlement. The contractor on site, I.D. Building Contractors CC, is also a wholly Namibian firm who employed a Namibian team, as well as local residents from the settlement wherever feasible. The team had a very amicable working relationship and the project was completed to a good standard and within the envisaged project period.

Local indigenous plants were planted extensively on site to enhance the original natural landscaping, which was retained in place where possible. The nurses also intend to have a vegetable garden at the clinic in order to teach the local residents more about growing healthy, sustainable and affordable food crops.

Project Details

Location

Queen Sophia farm, Near Outjo, Namibia

Client Name

Department of Works, Namibia

User Client

Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia

Civil Engineer

Element Consulting engineers

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Element Consulting Engineers

Quantity Surveyors

JH Potgieter Quantity Surveyors

 
 
 
 
 
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