On 5 November 2010, work started on the Chambéry hospital project, made necessary by the increase in activity of the current hospital and a need for modernisation.
Ultimately the new hospital will replace the Jacques Dorstter building commissioned in 1972, which has aging facilities and an internal structure that is unsuited to changing requirements. Built in place of the old maternity hospital and the Saint Joseph clinic, the new building will be on a reasonable scale (4 floors above the ground level). Its capacity will be raised from 600 to 671 beds (with 80% single rooms).
This is Chambéry's largest construction project (73,000 sq. metres); it is a major challenge since it calls for modern construction combined with high-quality architecture integrated in the urban setting.
The project's outstanding features are:
architectural quality, with the glass walls of the monolith reflecting its environment,
urban development, since the hospital both blends into and opens up to the city,
and lastly environmental qualities, since the worksite and the building comply with the HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standard. This label certifies compliance with 14 environmental impact criteria, ranging from architectural considerations to the clean worksite concept, selective waste sorting and air quality.
The design-build Chambéry hospital project was awarded to a consortium made up of lead company GTM Bâtiment and Génie Civil Lyon, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction France. The overall duration of the general contracting works is 49 months (of which 10 months design studies and 20 months structual works).
The new hospital is scheduled for handover in 2015.