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Case Study- Aspect Clay Facade for ESI Hospital- Chennai and Coimbatore

Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) is a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers. The fund is managed by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) according to rules and regulations stipulated in the ESI Act 1948.  Employees' State Insurance Corporation runs medical, dental, nursing and paramedical schools in many locations across India.

The ESIC Hospital, Coimbatore, was where the first ESI Scheme was implemented in the State of Tamil Nadu and its suburbs in January 1995 followed by Chennai and its suburbs in November 1995. 28188 Employers with 7 Lakh Insured persons and nearly 28 lakh beneficiaries are availing Benefits under the ESI Scheme in Coimbatore Sub-Region. The Medical benefits are provided through a network of state government controlled 48 ESI Dispensaries, 2 Mobile Dispensaries and a 500 bedded ESI Medical College Hospital at Varadharajapuram, Singanallur, Coimbatore.

The ESIC Hospital, Chennai, was initially commissioned as a 250 bedded hospital in the year 1979 and was under the control of Tamil Nadu State Government till 1991. To open a zonal Occupational Diseases Centre in South India, the hospital was taken over and is being run by the ESI Corporation, New Delhi from 1991. Presently, this hospital is functioning as a Model Hospital with multi-specialty treatment facility and Occupational Diseases Centre. The Hospital is catering to referral cases from 15 ESI dispensaries in South Chennai covering an insured population of 4,00,000.

Considering the fact that the public building was used excessively, the hospital required a façade that offered the best indoor ambience combined with a contemporary look. The Architects, Mukesh Associates, envisioned the contemporary look with a terracotta façade to the whole project. In the process Wienerberger Aspect Clay Façade tiles met both the hospital authority and the architects’ expectation and created a unique identity to ESI Hospitals across Tamil Nadu. (2011 Coimbatore and 2018 Chennai).

Wienerberger’s Aspect Clay Façade is environment-friendly, sustainable and offers major technical and architectural advantages as façade cladding. Clay Façades are versatile and adaptable that they can meet all the requirements- even the demand to be outstanding. A correctly executed façade cladding, with clay façade tiles, is an excellent heat insulator. Thanks to its mass, ceramic has a high heat buffering capacity. The effect is as good as a building sheathed in continuous second skin, which minimizes heat loss in winter and prevents over-heating during summer.