ΒΕΤΑPLAN is an architectural practice established by its principals Ioannis Ventourakis and Takis Tavaniotis in 1987, as a continuation of their original collaboration initiated in 1972.

The firm is registered as a consulting firm with the Greek Ministry of the Environment and Public Works, the World Bank Group and the Commission of the European Community.
BETAPLAN is also a member of the following Greek and International organisations:
European Committee of Consulting Firms (CEBI), International Hospital Federation (IHF), Technical Chamber of Greece, Hellenic Association of Consulting Firms (HELLASCO).

BETAPLAN has undertaken the planning, design and construction supervision of a wide range of development projects, both in Greece and abroad. Furthermore, BETAPLAN has considerable experience in the collaboration with international architectural consultancies for the design of major projects in Greece. (Collaboration with the Santiago Calatrava office for the Olympic Sport (2004) Complex of Athens and recently with the Renzo Piano Workshop for the design of the National Opera and National Library of Greece). The main sectors of activity and areas of expertise of BETAPLAN comprise the following:

• Healthcare
• Education
• Heritage
• Culture and Arts
• Sports
• Office and Government Buildings
• Commercial and Industrial
• Residential
• Environment and Planning
• Transport
• Hospitality
• Consultancy Services in a wide range of areas of   expertise


Design Principles
In BETAPLAN we believe that the architectural design should be honest and comprehensible to its users, useful and unobtrusive, environmentally friendly and long-lasting. Moreover, it should respect and reflect the uniqueness of its surroundings, be innovative and at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Last but not least it should be expressed in a simple but thorough, down to the last detail, way.

Relationship with the client
Since the beginning the firm has had the chance to work for a diverse group of clients in both the Public and Private sector, ranging from Local Authorities to State Ministries and from small private investors to large institutions. Through the cumulative experience all these years, BETAPLAN can claim the ability to adapt easily and successfully to different situations and client requests which occur through the different phases of design and construction process. In BETAPLAN we highly value the relationship between the architect and the client and we believe that a major goal is the satisfaction of the client’s needs and ambitions. In order to achieve this goal we pursue from the very beginning to establish an active and honest relationship with our clients and we believe that only through close cooperation between the design team, our consultants and the client successful buildings are designed.

Quality Management System
Objective of the Quality Management System
The primary objective of BETAPLAN’s Quality Management System is the creation of a base for the continuous improvement in the efficacy of the Company’s procedures, always having as a rule the optimum fulfillment of the requirements and expectations of its Clients. To achieve this, the Management always supports and applies the base principles and rules of the Company Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001:2015, establishing objective Quality goals with the consistent and productive input from both its staff and its associates.

Base Principles – Quality Targets
The base principles – goals, as these are expressed in the Company’s Quality Management System operations and procedures, are the following:
1)  The provision of Services and the production of Design Studies that fully comply with the requirements and submission deadlines that are specified in the agreements we sign with our Clients, providing at the same time a satisfactory financial outcome to both BETAPLAN and its Clients.
2) The compliance with the relevant Legislation concerning the Quality, Safety and Environmental Effects of the building works specified in our design studies. In line with its effort to assist the protection of the environment, BETAPLAN applies a policy of recycling paper and batteries.
3) The constant improvement of our quality procedures, so that our Services and our Design Studies are considered to be of the Highest Quality in the Greek and International Markets.
4) The close cooperation with our Clients, the other collaborating design consultants and External Associates, with the objective to constantly improve the quality of our Services and our Projects.
5) The pursuit of the continuous development of BETAPLAN S.A.’s personnel, so that they can perform their tasks in an efficient, qualitatively correct and creative manner, as well as being encouraged to participate actively and creatively in the goal of the continuous Quality improvement, as well as their own personal betterment.
6) The principles of the System and the objective quality goals are reviewed at regular time intervals by the Company Management, to ensure their compliance with the new market needs and developments, the legislative requirements, as well as the attainment of the targets for the continuous improvement in the Company’s operations.
The Management is highly committed to provide the necessary resources (technical equipment – training – technical knowledge) for the satisfaction of the demands that result and are formed by existing conditions.
All the departments of BETAPLAN have the responsibility to be informed of and assimilate the required Quality System procedures, as well as to integrate and apply them in their everyday tasks.
It is the responsibility of BETAPLAN’s Management to ensure that its Quality Policy is communicated, and is understandable and applicable by all the Company personnel, as well by its Clients and external providers, with the objective to achieve the constant and stable development of its business activity, with a strong commitment to its principles and the continuous provision of products and services of the highest quality to its Clients.

The company has also determined:
• The company’s framework of operations as well as the needs and expectations of the interested parties.
• The targeting of our performance and of precise specifications for the services we provide and the monitoring of the degree of achievement of the objectives and the compliance of the services with the requirements set for them.
• The analysis of the risks and opportunities for the company.
• The clear definition of responsibilities and roles for each procedure or part of it.
• The written documentation of the way we perform the services (Manual, Detailed Procedures, Technical Instructions, etc.).
• The Quality Control (during the execution of the project and in the final delivery).
• The keeping of written data that prove the quality of our Services and Works and the functions of the Quality Management System.
• The Inspection of the implementation of the above (through the monitoring of the quality performance and the Internal Inspection (Audit).
• The learning process of BETAPLAN from its mistakes, to systematically take care that they are not repeated (Corrective Actions) and to continuously improve its operations by setting, monitoring and achieving specific improvement goals.
The Quality Assurance System that we follow is documented in the Quality Assurance Manual, while any special requirements related to a specific project or customer in the respective Project Quality Assurance Program.

BETAPLAN’s Management will have, within the financial planning framework of the Company, the necessary resources (Personnel, Training, Equipment) to enable the implementation of the above objectives. These resources are documented and controlled.

Main Roles and Responsibilities
The responsibility for the overall operation of the QMS rests with the Executive Management (Chairman of the Board & Managing Director) of BETAPLAN which sets both the policy and the quality objectives.
The Head of Management Systems (Quality, Environment and Health and Safety) is authorized to develop, improve, document and monitor the QMS and to put into force the necessary changes after the approval of BETAPLAN’s Executive Management.
He is also authorized:
•To monitor the implementation of the procedures envisaged by the QMS through Internal Audits.
•To monitor the quality performance of the Company so that he can identify areas that require improvement.
•To initiate any Corrective or Preventive actions he deems necessary to correct or prevent related Problems.
Project Managers are responsible for the Quality Control of the Projects they are managing and to ensure their compliance with the requirements set for them, as well as the implementation of the QMS requirements in the projects they manage.
Also for the management of the discrepancies that may occur in the projects through defined procedures.
In addition, all senior personnel and members of staff should endeavor within the framework of their roles and responsibilities to achieve the quality objectives and the implementation of this policy.

Commitment to the Implementation and Dissemination of the Quality Management Policy
The Management of BETAPLAN is committed to the faithful compliance with this policy and to the requirement of its implementation by all BETAPLAN personnel.
It will also ensure that this policy is known and understood by all BETAPLAN personnel.
This will be achieved in the following alternative ways:
1. Notification of the policy (to BETAPLAN senior staff).
2. Organizing informative meetings for the staff.
3. The establishment of the obligation of all Managers to keep their staff informed regarding the content of the Quality Policy.
4. The direct notification of issues related to Quality Policy to the staff of BETAPLAN.
5. The inclusion in job descriptions of the roles and responsibilities related to this Policy.

Environmental Management Policy
Purpose of the Policy
The purpose of this policy is to specify how we will be able to continuously meet the legal requirements related to the environmental compliance of our operations and beyond that to continuously improve our environmental performance.

Environmental Objectives
More specifically, the policy of BETAPLAN is:
1. Compliance with the applicable Legislation concerning the effects on the Environment of our works and operations.
2. The continuous improvement of our environment-related performance.

Mode of Achievement
To achieve the above, we have installed, operate and continuously improve an Environmental Management System (EMS) which will always comply with the ISO-14001 standard.
The essence of our Environmental Management System is the realization by all the personnel in the Company that the environmental impact of our operations is the result of a series of Procedures that we follow consciously or unconsciously.
Environmental impact, its improvement and the prevention of environmental problems do not come by themselves. They presuppose the awareness and the Systematic control of these processes in each of their individual phases and as a whole.
The method we use to control these processes comprises the following:
• Setting specific goals for our environmental performance and precise specifications for the relevant tasks.
• The clear definition of roles and responsibilities for each process or part of it.
• The written documentation of the manner in which we perform the tasks (Manual, Detailed Procedures, Technical Instructions, etc.).
• The Monitoring of the relevant tasks and their environmental impacts.
• Keeping written data for the execution of the tasks, their monitoring and the results of the controls on the environmental parameters.
• Inspection of the application of the above (through the systematic monitoring of data regarding the efficiency and productivity of our operations and the Internal Audits.
• The learning process of the Company from its mistakes, to systematically ensure that they are not repeated (Corrective Actions) and to continuously improve its operations by setting, monitoring and achieving specific improvement goals.
The Environmental Management System we follow is documented in the relevant SOPs.

Within the framework of the financial planning of the Company, the Management of BETAPLAN will dispose of the necessary resources (Personnel, Training, Equipment) to enable the implementation of the above objectives.
These resources will be recorded and audited.

Main Roles and Responsibilities
The responsibility for the overall operation of the EMS rests with the Executive Management (Chairman of the Board & Managing Director) of BETAPLAN, which determines both the policy and the objectives for the environmental management.
The Head of Management Systems (Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety) is authorized to develop, improve, document and coordinate the implementation and to monitor the EMS, as well as to bring into force the necessary changes following the approval of the Executive Management.
He is also authorized:
•To monitor the implementation of the procedures envisaged by the EMS through Internal Audits.
•To monitor the environmental performance of the Company so that he can identify areas that require improvement.
•To initiate any Corrective or Preventive actions he deems necessary to correct or prevent related Problems.
In addition, all senior personnel and members of staff should endeavor within the framework of their roles and responsibilities to achieve the environmental objectives and the implementation of this policy.

Commitment to the Implementation and Dissemination of the Environmental Management Policy
The Management of BETAPLAN is committed to the faithful compliance with this policy and to the requirement of its implementation by all BETAPLAN personnel. It will also ensure that this policy is known and understood by all BETAPLAN personnel.

Occupational Health & Safety Policy for Personnel and Clients at the Company Installations

The Policy of the Company is to perform its operations and tasks and to provide the products and services to its clients in ways that fully ensure the Health & Safety of its personnel and its subcontractors.
All the activities shall be in accordance with the relevant Health & Safety provisions of Greek and European Legislation.
To achieve its goal, the Company has established and operates an integrated Occupational Health & Safety management system that is described in this manual and in the other documents to which it refers.

Compliance with the system is mandatory for all company personnel and its subcontractors.
The key elements of the system are:
1. The selection of appropriate measures that meet the requirements for occupational health & safety.
2. The compliance of both the measures and the installations and the modes of operation of the Company with current legislation.
3. Carrying out regular and systematic inspections to verify the proper implementation of occupational health & safety.
4. The continuous training of its personnel to ensure full understanding of their obligations and the implementation of the provisions of the system to ensure occupational health & safety.

Over the years BETAPLAN has become familiar with domestic or international Green Building Certification Systems, such as LEED, MINERGIE, BREEAM, QSAS or KENAK. More specifically, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in which BETAPLAN is the executive architect, implements the LEED certification system and is the first project in Greece to receive a Platinum LEED certification rating.


BETAPLAN, during the last decades, has undertaken the architectural design from inception to completion, the design coordination, as well as the construction supervision of a wide range of projects of different size and nature, such as: Healthcare, Education, Heritage, Culture, Sports, Office and Government Buildings (Public Sector Buildings), Commercial and Industrial, Transport, Residential, Hospitality, as well as Environment and Urban Planning.

Since the beginning, our aspiration for the buildings we design, whether these are new Constructions, Conversions/Renovations of existing buildings, is to identify the unique challenges each project poses, in relation to their program and their surroundings.

One of the key services provided by BETAPLAN is also the correct interpretation and application of the local building codes, standards and European regulations throughout the design as well as the compliance of the design with the specific zoning ordinances and the preparation of the relevant documents.

Through BETAPLAN’s involvement in several of the major projects in Greece, like the Main Olympic Complex Venue of Santiago Calatrava, the New Acropolis Museum of Bernard Tschumi or the recently Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, BETAPLAN, acting as the architect of records, has gained significant experience and is very familiar with the different permitting procedures depending on the type of the project. Specifically for the New Acropolis Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, BETAPLAN has been very actively involved in the preparation and follow-up of the ratification of the special Laws for these two projects.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
In BETAPLAN we realize that in an increasingly globalized market, our tools must correspond to the requirements of international collaboration. Follow-up of the technological developments regarding software possibilities, drawing systems or product information is a strategic decision of BETAPLAN and by attending workshops, lectures and classes the personnel is able to respond fast to new and useful technologies. Building Information Modeling (BIM) software), and more particularly REVIT, is fully incorporated in the firm’s workflow providing an advanced way of controlling the quality of the designed buildings throughout the design and construction process.

Tender Documentation
BETAPLAN has also a very good experience in the preparation of tender documents and the follow up of the tendering procedure of big projects. Through recent international projects BETAPLAN has also very well familiarized with CSI Master Format 2010 for the compilation of the Technical Specifications. 

Selected Clients

Athens Badminton Cultural Development S.A.
Attiko Metro S.A.
Benrubi S.A.
County of Corfu Development Corporation
E.I. Papadopoulos S.A.
Euromedica – Recovery S.A.
Friends of Children with Cancer Society
Hellenic Aviation Authority
Ministry of Culture - General Secretariat for Sports
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works
Ministry of Health
Municipality of Heraklion
Organisation of the Cultural Capital of Europe
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Tourist Developments of Messinia (TEMES S.A.)

Ioannis Ventourakis — Chairman of the Board
Panagiotis Tavaniotis — Managing Director
Thomas Amargianos — Principal Architect
Eleni Tzanou — Principal Architect
Eleni Koghilaki — Principal Architect
Elias Arkoulis — Senior Architect - Contract Manager
Antonella Solomonidi — Senior Project Architect
Maria Vitta — Senior Project Manager
Konstantina Andreadou — Senior Architect
Margarita Ventouraki — Senior Project Designer
Petros Tavaniotis — Senior Project Architect
Ourania Karagianni — Senior Architect
Zoi Frantzi — Architect
Annita Matrakidou — Architect
Nikos Livathinos — Architect
Marousso Chanioti — Architect
Georgia Bountouraki — Architect
Vassiliki Koutsimbou — Architect - BIM Manager
Stavroula Cherouvim — Architect
Christina Kelaidi — Architect
Katerina Tzachrista — Architect
Kostis Kallipolitis — Architect
Eleni Oikonomopoulou — Architect
Marina Lazaridi — Architect
George Stamatakis — Interior Designer
Giorgos Mavrikis — Architect
Ioli Belezini — Architectural Assistant

George Karatzas

Graphic Arts
Georgios Zoppas
Artemis Tsoukala

Draft Persons
Aleka Gyzi
Maria Tsekoura

IT Manager
Marios Kafetzis

Nikolas Ventourakis

Iro Porgioti
Fani Lilou
Maria Sella

Katerina Sochoriti
Eleni Polichronaki
Dimitra Adamopoulou

Secretarial Department
Angeliki Papadopoulou
Anna Pitsinou

Foreign Collaborators

Arup (NY, USA- UK- Germany – Netherlands)
Cooper Robertson and Partners (NY, USA)
Deborah Nevins and Associates (NY, USA)
Expedition (UK)
Front (NY, USA)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop (France)
Santiago Calatrava (Switzerland)
Theatre Projects Consultants (USA-UK)

Ventourakis - Tavaniotis & Associates S.A.

1 Aristodimou Str.
106 76 Athens, Greece
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T: +30 210 7250196
F: +30 210 7239568

Client: DEPANOM (Public Enterprise for the Construction of Hospitals).
Cost estimate: € 80.2 m (1993)

Architectural design and tender documentation for the new 671-bed hospital of the University of the Region of Thrace, including a 250-seat amphitheatre. The overall assignment included operational policy and traffic studies.

In collaboration with consultants "Meletitiki - Alex. Tobazis"

Regional Teaching Hospital of Alexandroupoli — Greece, 1993-94

Client: Commission of the European Communities
Consultant: Consortium CEKUL Foundation, WYG International, Proje Yonetim A.S., BETAPLAN S.A.
Consortium Fee: € 3 million

Provision of Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Cultural Heritage Development Programme (CHDP) in the South Eastern Anatolia (GAP) Region of Turkey with an area of 74,000 km2 and a population of 6.5 million. The € 15 million 3-year programme was funded by the European Commission with two main objectives:
1. To enable local stakeholders (businesses, Local Authorities, NGOs) to manage, in accordance with EC procedures, the funds available under the CHDP and to implement 31 individual projects.
2. To assist relevant stakeholders in the Region to design an Integrated Strategic Action Plan for the sustainable improvement of the region’s cultural heritage, including mechanisms for identifying and managing future key projects.

The individual projects implemented under the CHDP included the restoration of several historic buildings, development of a GIS based system for the preservation of cultural assets, a training programme for tourist guides in the Region and support for local handicrafts.

Cultural Heritage Development Programme of the GAP Region — Turkey, 2003 – 2007

Client: Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works
Estimated cost: € 600,000.

Design for a new bridge over Kifisia Avenue to cater for the pedestrian movements to and from the Olympic Games Stadium in Athens. The bridge, which has a steel structure with a span of some 36 metres and polycarbonate glazing panels, is illuminated during night hours with strip lighting on both sides of the bridge deck.

Pedestrian Bridge — Athens, 2004

Client: National University of Athens
Cost estimate: € 34,250,150

The Master Plan envisaged future Expansion – Extensions of a total area of 18,375 m2 with a budget of 25,367,750,00 €, and future Rearrangements of a total floor area of 8,190 m2 with a budget of 8,722,400 €, as well as the Relocation of a number of Operational Departments with a budget of 110,000 €.

The existing old building complex of the Hospital has a 500-bed capacity.

LAIKO University Hospital: Master Plan — Athens, Greece, 2007

Client: DEPANOM (Public Enterprise for the Construction of Hospitals) and contractors COGEFARIMPRESIT.
Cost estimate: € 92.3 m (1992)

Final architectural design & tender documentation (with consultants Kondargyris-Labakis) & Medical, Hospitality & Office Equipment Design for new 650-bed Teaching Hospital. The overall assignment included operational policy, environmental impact assessment, chromatic design, traffic design, master-key design, x-ray protection design, schedule of accommodation & sound insulation design. The design includes underground parking for 190 vehicles, a 225-seat amphitheatre, as well as outdoor parking areas and hard & soft landscaping of the surrounding grounds.

Teaching Regional General Hospital — Larissa, Greece, 1992-94

Client: Regional Health Authority of Epirus
Cost estimate: € 30,811,150 

Master Plan for the General Hospital of Arta with a 215-bed capacity. The Master Plan proposals envisaged substantial building extensions and rearrangements for the operational upgrade of the Hospital.

The subsequent Architectural Outline Design concerned some of the planned extensions, namely, extensions to 3 buildings and to the following operational departments: Operating Theatre complex, Laboratory and MRI Complex, as well as additional buildings for the accommodation of the Hemodialysis Unit and Blood Donation Department, a Nursery and a restaurant, Emergency Department, Blood Bank, Endoscopy Department and 2 Ward Units. Also rearrangement of the Outpatients, Physiotherapy and Ultrasound Departments.

County General Hospital of Arta: Master Plan — Greece, 2006-2008

Client: University of Athens
Cost Estimate: 1,243,215 €

Full architectural design and tender documents for a building comprising teaching rooms, laboratories, library, meeting rooms, computer rooms, administration offices and scientific staff areas.

The design was based on bio-climatic principles and included hard and soft landscaping of the surrounding grounds.

Energy Policy & Development Centre — Athens, 1998

Client: Hellenic Society of Dermatology and Venereology

The Hospital “Andreas Syggros” is located in Central Athens and is housed in a complex of several old buildings which are designated listed buildings.

BETAPLAN has carried out the design for the modernization and rearrangement of several departments of the Hospital (1990), in line with the recommendations of the Master Plan, executed also by BETAPLAN. The most recent design studies include:
• Rearrangement of a Nursing Unit (1993)
• Detailed Architectural Design for the Rearrangement of the Historic Museum of Wax Replicas of the Hospital. with a budget of 623,287 €. The design comprised works of preservation and restoration of the existing 100 year-old building, the addition of new steel structure mezzanines and the preservation and rearrangement of the existing old wooden showcases. (2007-2008).

"Andreas Syggros" Hospital of Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases: Master Plan, Historic Museum of Wax Replicas — Athens, 1990-2008

Client: Ministry of Culture and Science and contractors Joint Venture "K. Savvidis- A. Moraitis" (with consultants T. Papagiannis and I. Scrubelos).
Cost estimate: € 6.08 m.

Full architectural services for the restoration and conservation of the Historic Theatre building complex “Rex”, which had been destroyed by fire. It concerns a theatre (680 seats), a cinema (350 seats), conference halls and modifications to the existing building. The design has been undertaken after winning in a turn-key tender procedure.

Rex Theatre Building Complex — Athens, 1988-89

Client: National University of Athens
Cost estimate: € 24,705,650

The Master Plan Proposal envisaged future Extensions of 9,952 m2 and Rearrangement of existing Units of a total floor area of 5,421 m2.

The existing old building complex of the Hospital has a 200-bed capacity and comprises several historic buildings, many of which are designated as listed buildings by the Ministry of Culture.

Areteio University Hospital: Master Plan — Athens, 2009-2011

Client: University General Hospital of Ioannina

1. Architectural Design for the New Building of Nuclear Medicine & Recovery (2003)
Project Budget: 1,922,230 €
The new two-storey plus basement building has a floor area of 1,120 m2 and a 44-bed capacity. The facilities provided include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, ergotherapy & office spaces for doctors and physiotherapists.

2. Hospital Development Plan (2005)
The Plan included Analysis of the existing Situation and Development Proposal.

3. New Wing with Medical Wards and Operating Theaters (2008)
Project Budget: 21,233,000 €
Client: Ministry of Health
Architectural Design for a New Wing (9,100 m2) with the following Departments:
- Medical Wards
- One-Day Surgery
- Outpatients Clinics

University General Hospital of Ioannina — Greece, 2003-2009
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