The Purulia Leprosy Hospital, located in West Bengal in India, was established in 1888 and is the oldest and largest leprosy hospital in India. It serves around 40,000 patients a year providing healthcare for both leprosy and non-leprosy patients. The hospital has been the site of many breakthroughs relating to the treatment of leprosy and holds a very important place in the history of the treatment and understanding of Leprosy in India. Despite its prestigious history, the hospital today is out of date and overcrowded.
Article 25 are working with The Leprosy Mission to increase and improve the facilities at the hospital by designing a new Out Patient Department and redeveloping the hospital campus to continue provision of free comprehensive care to people affected by leprosy.
Article 25, with technical guidance from the engineering firm Hoare Lea, are designing a new outpatient department that incorporates passive energy strategies and use low-cost and low-maintenance materials. This will be followed by refurbishing existing outpatient spaces and renovating staff housing.
Current Update: December 2017
Over the last few months the team at Article 25 have been working hard to finalise architectural drawings for the design of the new Out Patient Department at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in Purulia, India. We have been working alongside architects and engineers local to the hospital site to develop the drawing package which is hoping to be issued for tender in the coming weeks. Last month architects Beverley Salmon and Aneesha Alex, from Article 25, travelled to the site to coordinate the design team information and to meet potential contractors, including visiting some of their built works.
The visit was also an opportunity to meet the Site Engineer who has kindly been donated to the project by project management specialists Mace Group.
The project hopes to start on site in early 2018.
Abishek Kumar (Axis Architects), Amit Parashar (Structural Engineer), Sandeep Jha (Axis Architects), Beverley Salmon (Article 25), Aneesha Alex (Article 25).
Subhashis Hansda (Mace), Beverley Salmon (Article 25), Panchanan Gorain (TLM) Dr Famkina Darlong (TLM).
Working with: The Leprosy Mission
Location: Purulia, West Bengal, India
Expected Completion: 2018
Annual number of lives affected: 40,000+