Centralising all the biology laboratories of Marseille’s hospitals on a single site is the challenge of Egis teams alongside architects Ragueneau & Roux (leader) and CFL Architecture (Gilles Feraud), in part of a project to transform the antiquated hospital of La Timone into a large modern technical platform devoted to treatment and innovation.
Laboratories Architects: Ragueneau & Roux / Facade Architects: CFL architecture - Crédits : YAM STUDIO
What made you decide to build this type of complex?
This project is above all part of our plans to upgrade the property portfolio of AP-HM. It delivers upon our desire to streamline space in order to deploy high performance equipment and homogenise analytical resources on a large modern technical platform aimed at expanding and stimulating all the innovation capabilities in research. This project will also allow us to optimise the quality of the results of biological tests, all at controlled cost.
Medical biology buildings meet multiple requirements. What are biologists hoping for in this regard?
All of them wish to benefit from modern premises suited to their needs which help to achieve both professional efficiency and conviviality. This tool will help staff by automating the most repetitive tasks which have no human added value, and by developing innovative solutions to improve the protection and traceability of the sample journey.
Is that why you wished to have modular and scalable spaces?
Absolutely: the scalability and modularity of premises are fundamental conditions to keep in step with technical development and permanently get the best performances out of our solution whilst also allowing the development of other research and innovation themes. This modularity must be complemented by the organisation of short vertical and horizontal circuits to optimise internal movement.
What makes the Biogénopôle so unique?
We have organised the Biogénopôle around competencies which are not very common in the other establishments of the region. Thanks to highly technical equipment, we will be capable of offering ultra-specialised biological tests to provide our patients with biological diagnoses and monitoring in complex cases (vascular conditions, rare illnesses, immunity deficiencies etc.) and contribute to the optimal treatment of cancers and other illnesses. These new approaches are essential for the growth in personalised medicine which tailors treatments to each individual patient. The Biogénopôle will also accommodate the cell therapy laboratory which will give patients access to particularly innovative therapies. Thus, as in other medical specialities, the University Hospital biology becomes a resource that can deliver benefits to all the patients in the region in the interest of an optimal care pathway.
AP-HM has also tasked Egis with the implementation of a transport and logistics solution in the three main hospitals. What did you think about the recommended solution?
The deployment of efficient logistics systems is a fundamental condition to make the project work well. While the North hospital is isolated and requires a road connection to transport samples to the Biogénopôle, the Conception hospital is only 500 m away from the new laboratory, and using a pneumatic system between the two establishments will mean that it does not need a fast-track analysis technical unit, whereas it is necessary for the North hospital. It is in this respect that the solution designed by Egis appealed to us. By recommending the extension of the pneumatic installation to connect the two hospitals using the metro tunnel, Egis offers an efficient but also sustainable response to our concern. Another notable benefit also lies in the construction phase, as disruption to traffic on an already busy road will be kept to a minimum. For local retailers and inhabitants, this elegant and quick-to-implement solution will help to avoid all the disturbances that would have been caused by works in the case of an under-road solution. Beyond its technical quality, this cost-effective solution will furthermore free up funds, allowing us to allot more money to investment in the performance of the Biogénopôle.
Prof. Bruno Lacarelle, head of biology-pathology division at AP-HM
Tubes measuring 110 mm in diameter, fixed to the upper part of the vault of the metro tunnel, run from the Berton shaft, located next to the Conception Hospital, to the La Timone station shaft, outside the metro train clearance gauge.