Cintocare Hospital achieves Africa’s first healthcare property’s Green Star rating

The Growthpoint – Cintocare hospital in Pretoria’s green precinct of Menlyn Maine which is still on track for completion in the final quarter of 2020.
The Growthpoint – Cintocare hospital in Pretoria’s green precinct of Menlyn Maine which is still on track for completion in the final quarter of 2020.

Growthpoint Properties’ and Cintocare’s specialized surgical hospital development has become the first healthcare property on the African continent to be awarded a Green Star rating.

In this milestone achievement, the Pretoria based hospital has received a 5 Green Star Custom Healthcare design certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Working closely together, Growthpoint and Cintocare are developing a tailor-made specialist surgical hospital with high-performance space which includes positive social and environmental impacts.

Lisa Reynolds, CEO of the GBCSA, comments: “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.”

Rudolf Pienaar, Growthpoint’s Chief Development and Investment Officer, says: “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.”

Andre Brink of Cintocare says, “We appreciate the excellent working relationships that have achieved this, and congratulate everyone who has contributed to the design.”

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.

The construction of the R470 million specialist hospital began in July 2018 and despite the Covid-19 lockdown, the project is on track for completion in the final quarter of this year.

The hospital’s primary focus will be on the head and neck, spinal, neuro, and vascular surgeries with its highly specialised medical professionals supported by state-of-the-art technology.

Cintocare Hospital’s green building rating was achieved through an architectural design that incorporates many sustainable design principles. It is also fitting that the development is situated in Pretoria’s green precinct of Menlyn Maine.

The hospital includes several floors: the hospital plant room, three clinical and consulting levels and three parking levels with 335 secure parking bays. This 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 building’s exterior reflects its fundamental purpose. Its glass facade which also serves to shade the building will be complemented by design features evocative of spinal vertebra found in the neck.

Dr Linda Sigaba, Fund Manager of Growthpoint Healthcare Property Holdings, says, “Green healthcare buildings are designed to have positive impacts on their users, their surrounding communities and the environment, and they are the future of healthcare properties globally. Growthpoint is an established leader in green developments, which allows our healthcare fund to grow its portfolio of properties with partners like Cintocare. We will continue supporting the growth of the healthcare sector by providing the capital to build new healthcare facilities and the green buildings of the future.”