Liège, Belgium

Hospital: 100,000 m² | 1,076,400 ft² | 720 Beds

Group Service Building: 6,000 m² | 64,580 ft²


Centre Hospitalier Chrétien’s new 100,000 m² | 1,076,400 ft² MontLégia Clinic was constructed to consolidate services previously spread between the Clinique Saint Joseph, Clinique de L’espérance and Clinique Saint Vincent facilities into one location. The new MontLégia Clinic houses 720 conventional hospital beds and 120-day beds. The project also saw the construction of a new 6,000 m² | 64,580 ft² Group Services Building to house administrative services serving all CHC sites and activities.

HCR was selected through an RFP process to provide Facility Activation, Move Planning and Move Management Services for the project. Planning for the Moves began in December 2018 and, after numerous changes to the initial move dates, were ultimately scheduled to be completed in March 2020.

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early March 2020 forced an urgent re-think of the developed plans. Due to the quick evolution of the crisis, the CHC’s leadership and planning teams relied on HCR’s vast experience and ability to react quickly to modify the move plans and patient transfer strategy on the fly. The new plan put in place and executed resulted in the opening of the hospital 8 days early, allowing for an increased ICU capacity at a time when ICU beds were urgently required.

Under HCR’s supervision and logistics coordination, more than 130 patients were safely and efficiently transferred from the three legacy hospitals to the new hospital within a few hours on a single day. Many of the patients moved into the new facility were confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, mostly transferred from the legacy sites’ critical care units.

Despite the challenges and personal risks, HCR’s entire crew remained focussed on bringing the project to a successful conclusion.


News Articles

Opening a hospital in the middle of a pandemic, a special feeling

Covid-19: start of patient transfer to CHC MontLégia

Start of patient transfer from Saint-Joseph to MontLegia

Coronavirus: 7 first intensive care patients at MontLegia

Management to move forward overnight the planned move to their new hospital in MontLégia

Liège: the transfer of patients to CHC MontLégia began this Friday morning

Liège: a patient transferred every 3 minutes to MontLégia

The St-Joseph clinic (Liège) reassigned if necessary; 170 possible beds in intensive care at MontLégia

Intensive care saturated with Hope: patients transferred overnight to MontLégia

Liège: MontLégia is operational against a background of coronavirus

At the MontLégia clinic, the moving of the patients went smoothly

Coronavirus: seven patients receiving respiratory assistance at MontLegia

CHC: the great migration to MontLégia begins