Al Adan Hospital, Kuwait

Contactless WC flushing systems from Schell in a hospital megaproject 

This ultramodern, triple‑complex expansion to the Al Adan Hospital in Kuwait City involves a construction project that is truly in a class of its own. Schell fitted out the new sanitary facilities with 1,300 electronic WC controls and concealed flush valves, which meet the very highest standards for hygiene, design and functionality.

Project data:

Property type: Hospital

Requirements: New-build project

Completion: 2022

Location: Kuwait City 

Country: Kuwait

Architects: Pace Architecture, Engineering + Planning 

SCHELL products

EDITION E Manual WC control, COMPACT II concealed WC flush valve


Modern technology, ultra‑hygienic operation and an aesthetically appealing design: this was the demanding spec for the sanitary equipment in the WCs for the Al Adan Hospital expansion. The sheer size of the project also posed an additional challenge: A total of 220,000 m² over 14 storeys had to be fitted out with new WC facilities. The selected products therefore needed to have short lead times while offering an attractive price/performance ratio.


Schell impressed the hospital project managers with its high‑quality products, modern ‘Made in Germany’ design, competitive pricing and fast delivery times. A total of 1,300 EDITION E Manual WC controls and COMPACT II concealed WC flush valves were ordered. These were installed in patient rooms, operating theatres and the public WC facilities in the multi-storey car park. Thanks to its infrared sensors, the EDITION E Manual WC control triggers flushes automatically and without contact, therefore meeting the highest hygienic requirements – and also in a medical setting. Featuring a linear design with a brushed stainless steel front, the control blends seamlessly with the modern and minimalist interiors in the Al Adan Hospital.

EDITION E Manual: hygienic triggering and economical operation

Sanitary premises within healthcare facilities present particularly high requirements for user hygiene, as the risk of infection here is considerably higher and user health requires a very high level of protection. The EDITION E Manual WC control supports user hygiene in the Al Adan Hospital with contactless triggering of fitting flushes. Triggering occurs automatically when leaving the WC. The sensor range can be adjusted. In the event of a power failure, users can also flush the fitting manually using the push button. If the fitting is used for less than 45 seconds, an economy flush volume of 3 litres is used. If the fitting is used for longer, the main flush volume is used. In terms of water consumption, the dual flush is especially economical, and helps keep building operations cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The vandal‑resistant design used for the stainless steel WC control offers a high level of protection against wilful damage and guarantees a long useful life for the fitting.

Legionella protection with stagnation flushes

The electronic EDITION E Manual WC control also provides support for maintaining drinking water quality: automatic stagnation flushes occur optionally every 24 hours after the last flush. This effectively prevents excessive stagnation of water in the piping, even if tapping points are rarely used – such as in outlying sanitary facilities in the hospital, for example. This minimises the risk of Legionella building up to levels that are harmful to health. Sensor range, stagnation flushes and the water volume used by the main flush can be conveniently adjusted using short‑range reflex.

Low‑noise fitting mechanisms made in Germany

‘Behind the scenes’, the matching concealed COMPACT II WC flush valve keeps everything running smoothly. Classified with noise class I, COMPACT II features very quiet flush operation.

As part of its national development plan for the healthcare sector, the Kuwaiti government decided to expand the old Al Adan Hospital with three new buildings in 2018. Over a total area exceeding 220,000 m², the hospital’s 14 storeys offer space for 635 beds and a wide variety of medical facilities that complement the existing departments at Al Adan: these include the new women’s and children’s hospital, a building for surgical interventions, and a clinic for physiotherapy and convalescence. Another 280,000 m² of space will be used for the development of ancillary facilities.The main hospital building consists of a lower‑level podium with a large well-lit foyer, several medical departments and emergency facilities, as well as three imposing upper‑level ward towers that give Al Adan its modern and capable outward appearance. The interplay of soft, wave‑shaped sunshades on the building facades let the hospital appear light and even playful, despite its enormous size. The upper‑level ward towers are enveloped by horizontal light screening elements that can be folded in and out as required, and can either protect against strong sunlight or offer an unimpeded view of the outside.

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