Schlossparkklinik Dirmstein

Area:DIN 276, KG 440 + 450 complete
Services:   HOAI, Lph 1-8

The planning of private clinics and nursing homes places special demands on electrical planning. After all, the aim is to design buildings that combine the comfort of a hotel with the medical standards of a hospital, while at the same time radiating the charm of a home away from home. A further, very exciting challenge for the planner is when the building is listed as heritage-protected, as in the present case.


During his lifetime (1799-1879) Gideon von Camuzi was the most important man in the community of Dirmstein. The landowner and mayor of what is now a small community in Rhineland-Palatinate came from a wealthy family in Ticino and settled in the Palatinate for love. 


Sophisticated electrical planning at a private clinic which is listed as heritage-protected


Under his regency, the enclave, which was then Austrian, developed magnificently. This was reason enough to buy a grand estate with a park. The Koeth-Wanscheidsches Castle from the middle of the 17th century was for sale and, from then, on became the seat of the family. A new English garden with a pond, stream and grotto completed the work, which is now a listed building and has housed the private acute care clinic for psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics, called Schlossparkklinik Dirmstein, since 2015.


Private hospitals are the supreme discipline of electrical planning for HC buildings
Part of the treatment concept here is to bring patients suffering from depression, anxiety, compulsions or burn-out back to a normal "level". In order to comply with the therapeutic approach of Schlossparkklinik Dirmstein in terms of the electrical engineering too, the planning of the entire new building as well as the listed old building was a complex task, which is an excellent example with regard to which success factors of private HC facilities must be taken into account in early planning nowadays. The executing planning office, HF-GmbH from Karlsruhe, has more than 20 years of experience in the planning of HC projects. Furthermore, the company works for leading architectural offices, planning companies and real estate operators all over the country.


Wellness area, sound room and corridors in the listed castle


Wellbeing installation
In addition to the demand-oriented installation, to be defined individually with the operator, the electrotechnical setup in Dirmstein was planned to blend into the background particularly well. Nothing in the various parts of the building should remind you that you are in a hospital. The subconscious wellbeing of a patient must not be negatively affected by such extrinsic factors either. In order to ensure that electrical, heating, ventilation and sanitary installations are as unobtrusive as possible, early networked planning is required, especially for such large-scale buildings. In principle, the greater the space required for the installation and the more aesthetic the demands on the building, the earlier the planning should begin.


Comfort installation
In contrast to public hospitals, where media comfort installations such as television, internet or Wi-Fi are not available or can only be booked separately, these services are expected from the outset in a private clinic. The situation is similar with wellness services, which are also essential. Both areas have a direct influence on the planning of electrical and safety-relevant systems. At this point the clinical electrical planning is supplemented by typical comfort features which are well-known from the field of hotel construction. This means that the executing planning office needs to be able to cover both areas in terms of planning. In principle, the client should ensure that they have electrical plans drawn up that meet to current and future requirements and tasks and that they look a long way into the future in order to be able to anticipate possible adaptation needs relating to upcoming or distant development in terms of comfort and connectivity.


One of the most important goals in electrical planning is safety. In addition to the supply security of individual essential parts of the building, the building's own fire protection regulations are also drawn up in close cooperation with fire protection experts in accordance with DIN 14096. In the case of private clinics and nursing homes, it is important to note that entirely different groups of people may stay in these buildings. In an emergency, good planning must be able to show which areas are safe for patients and visitors straight away. For example, alarms can be silent or audible depending on the type of patient.


Lighting design
Another sub-discipline of electrical planning that is very important in private HC buildings is lighting design. A distinction is made here between functional light, which serves as basic lighting and is largely planned according to the requirements of the therapeutic objective, and the effective staging of a building, taking into account its architecture, origin and purpose. For HF GmbH, which has its own planning department for light, "light and architecture as a spatial expression of the overall concept of a building" are always connected, according to HF Managing Director, Roland Hofmann.


Impressive lighting design despite difficult conditions in the old wine cellar at Dirmstein Castle (now used as an archery range)


Listed special features
During the planning for Schlossparkklinik Dirmstein, there was also another special consideration because part of the old castle had to be preserved in its entirety, not only on the outside but also on the inside. Consequently, the electrical and lighting design was not only based on DIN standards but also on the feasibility of implementation. Thus, the original huge vaulted cellar of the castle was quickly transformed into a therapeutic archery facility. In this case, the historical light shafts are only supplemented by inconspicuous light sources in the floor, the cable routing of which could be implemented at floor level. Thanks to the uniform colour scheme of the room, the cable runs are barely noticeable. In winter, an additional skylight can be switched on but, in this case, this had to be attached to an extra crossbeam.


Electrical planning in the future
It requires specialist engineers with special educational backgrounds and good training to understand all the wishes of private clinics and care facilities. Ambitious architects or general contractors in particular, who know how to turn visions into designs, therefore need to work together with professionals in specialist planning who have a thorough understanding of this profession and are familiar with the future trends in the construction and health care industry. Only sustainable, extendable and resilient electrical planning makes a HC property a valuable investment property.

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