Healthcare design and innovation for the future: what’s happening in Europe? 19th May 2011

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Healthcare design and innovation for the future: what’s happening in Europe?

What new ideas are emerging in design practice for healthcare in Europe. What lessons can we learn for the UK? Speakers shared their experiences showcasing recent best practice and evidence for change. Speakers included

Michel Rafin Architect Group 6  France

Antonio Ocaña Architect Aidhos  Spain

Sjoerd de Hoogh Architect  Dutch Centre for Health Assets Netherlands

Teva Hesse Architect at C F Moller Architects  Denmark

Each speaker showed recent projects focusing on major acute hospital designs. The discussion identified 4 key themes:

– size – the examples of France, Spain & Denmark were of major hopitals. The idea of compacted design is only just emerging in France & the Netherlands.

– culture – the culture of each country was reflected in the design of the hospitals and the construction process varied widely

– costs – although it is difficult to compare costs across the 4 countries it appears that hospitals in Spain are cheaper to construct

– sustainability – this seems to be a new requirement in all 4 countries

 

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