Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital opening

Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, embarked on the journey to provide a world class healthcare facility specialised in children care in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Trust was tasked to lead the process.


Ruben Reddy Architects partnered with GAPP Architects and Sheppard Robson from the UK, to build the new 200 beds Children’s Academic Hospital funded by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.


The NMCH is a state-of-the-art specialist paediatric academic and tertiary referral hospital providing child-centred best quality medical services to children of Southern Africa, irrespective of their social and economic status. The Hospital includes a world class Theatre Complex with a total number of 10 specialized Theatres. All Theatres are equipped with the latest clinical technology and are fully digital.


The hospital was designed to provide a comfortable and playful environment for children. Studies were undertaken to develop solutions to reduce the stress that typical healthcare facilities cause to children. The building is arranged around a series of landscaped courtyards. These courtyards include children’s play areas as well as areas for parents and visitors to relax. 

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