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Tricia Down
Head of Capital Planning and PFI Project Director

Tricia DownJoining the NHS in 1993, Tricia has worked primarily in secondary care but has also held roles in a primary care trust and a district health authority. In 2005, Tricia was part of the team that kicked off the development of Southmead Hospital. The role included project managing the procurement and development of the new £430m hospital, planning and site masterplanning.
She is the chair of the Joint Arts Group which manages the arts programme for the new hospital. As Head of Capital Planning, she is responsible for all major capital schemes and since 2013, has acted as Project Director for the new Brunel Building at Southmead Hospital. Her strong focus and passion as design lead is on high quality design and construction and the development of environments that support wellbeing.

David Powell
Development Director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

David Powell
Previously Director of Capital Projects at North Bristol NHS Trust including responsibility for the Southmead Hospital £430m PFI and associated laboratory/research/education developments.
Prior to that Development Director at North West London Hospitals responsible for Central Middlesex Hospital £100m PFI and Northwick Park Hospital £230m PFI.
Spent whole career in the NHS.

Claudia Bloom
Director Avanti, Architects

Claudia is a director of Avanti Architects. Having cut her teeth on transformative design with the innovative ACAD project at Central Middlesex Hospital and delivered Avanti’s first health PFI at Gloucester she was made Director with overall responsibility for healthcare in 2002.
Her deep understanding of healthcare design enables her to devise elegant building concepts that marry high quality architecture with organisational clarity and people-focused care, abilities that have led to her being acknowledged as an industry leader.
Claudia is on the executive committee of Architects for Health, which helps her to indulge another great passion – foreign travel. She has visited hospitals in more than twenty countries over the past ten years across Asia, the Americas, Europe and Scandinavia.
Claudia has been project Director for all of Avanti’s work with the North Bristol Trust which has included developing the site masterplan, ‘enabling’ projects: moving education and pathology for the PFI site. Many feasibility studies over the course of nearly 10 years including for the re-use of Beaufort house and the historic ward buildings for Macmillan and the breast cancer unit. Advising through the whole PFI process from appointment of TA’s through the competition phase and ensuring delivery of quality through the construction phase too. Work on the data centre, delivery of the Learning and Research buildings and currently pathology buildings. Work away from Southmead has included feasibility studies on the Frenchay site and the delivery of a regenerated Cossham hospital site.
When not in a hospital or at the office, she can usually be found swimming outdoors.

Andrew Smith
Director, Head of Healthcare, BDP

Andrew SmithAndrew is an architect and Head of Healthcare Design at BDP. He is a BDP Board Director and is Chairman of BDP’s Northern Region.
Over the last 20 years, Andrew has worked on large scale, complex projects in many sectors, encompassing a range of urban design, accessibility, landscape and historic building issues.
Andrew is responsible for all healthcare projects undertaken by the practice. He led the design teams for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and Southmead Hospital, Bristol and is the BDP Project Director for the competition winning masterplan for Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen. He was a member of the NHS Design Review Panel and the expert reference group for the Design Council’s ‘Design for Patient Dignity’ programme. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Chris Green
Architect Director, BDP

Chris GreenChris is an Architect Director at BDP with over 17 years experience in a wide range of design sectors including 12 years leading design teams on complex and prestigious healthcare projects. He has played a pivotal role in successfully delivering over £1bn of award winning major acute hospitals to meet programme, budget and his clients high design expectations. He has also produced strategic outline cases, outline business cases and option appraisal studies for numerous existing hospitals covering general acute, children’s, maternity and oncology based services. Chris enjoys the strategic challenges of healthcare design, working with project stakeholders to create deliverable, legible and flexible development masterplans which enable opportunities to create holistic new build and refurbished healing environments with a high social value.
Chris started his involvement with Southmead in 2008 with responsibility for the overall site masterplan and main building façade strategy in the competitive stage run up to Preferred Bidder. He was then appointed BDP’s Project Director for the overall design, leading the development of the Brunel Building through detailed design, Trust approvals, planning, Financial Close and construction through to the opening of the first phase in 2014.

Jane Willis
Director, Willis Newson

Jane WillisJane Willis is the founder and director of Willis Newson, the UK’s leading arts and health consultancy.
Willis Newson uses the arts and creativity to support wellbeing. It takes a creative and ambitious approach to integrating art and architecture in order to create excellent healthcare environment, and delivers sensitive, inspiring and inclusive arts projects that improve quality of life.
Jane has 22 years experience of delivering award-winning, large scale, integrated arts programmes in healthcare with excellent knowledge and hands-on experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams with building contractors, architects and artists.
Jane was Chair of Arts in Health South West and is a founding member of the National Alliance of Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the London Arts and Health Forum. She teaches arts in health postgraduate programmes at the University of West of England and Winchester University, and has lectured on the subject of public art commissioning in healthcare in the USA, Taiwan and Amsterdam. She chaired the Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference in 2013, and is currently on the Steering Group for the European Healthcare Design Congress 2015.
Jane was first involved in the development of the public art programme for Southmead Hospital Bristol in 2006, when she supported the Trust to integrate art into the design of its new Academic and Pathology buildings as part of the new hospital enabling works. These projects then set the benchmark for art as part of the new hospital. As well as advising the Trust on writing the arts brief for the PFI development, Jane also supported it to set up Fresh Arts, its own in-house arts programme. She then worked as part of the Carillion team to deliver the public art programme for the hospital between 2007-2015.
Jane has an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Craig Bennett
Director, CODA

Craig BennettCraig is an experienced healthcare architect and has worked on projects at every stage, gaining a wide range of experience from masterplanning and feasibility studies to high quality detailing and the completion of construction, as well as the essential skills of project and programme management.
For the past 10 years Craig has been committed to sustainable design. He was responsible for the design and delivery of the RIBA award winning Heart Institute at Bristol Royal Infirmary (pictured), and the Princess Royal Hospital Orpington (pictured) which achieved an “excellent” rating on the NHS Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT) and was awarded sustainable healthcare building of the year in 2006

Howard Jones
Director of Estates & Facilities, Royal United Hospitals Foundation Trust

Howard has been at the RUH since November 2008 and prior to this held a similar post for 17 years in East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust. Howard is a chartered engineer and holds an MSc in corporate real estate management. He is passionate about providing a ‘healing environment’ for patients derived from good design principles and a quality hotel service.
Whilst at the RUH he has led an ambitious capital programme centred around a new Estate Strategy which has seen the construction of the award winning BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Neo-natal ICU, a new pathology laboratory and mortuary, a new IT/medical records office block, Friends café, new energy centre incl a 2 MW CHP plant and a large refurbishment programme. Work begins on a new pharmacy in May of this year being the 1st phase of a £45M re-development programme which will see the demolition of pre-war buildings with a high backlog maintenance liability.
Howard is also responsible for a vibrant Arts Strategy at the hospital. The Arts Strategy Manager influences interior design, acts as curator of the biggest ‘art gallery’ in Bath, arranges musicians in public spaces/wards and has led an exciting project to encourage clinical incident reporting. Investment has been made in sculpture which is set in refurbished garden spaces which contribute positively to the programme on clinical quality and safe care for all patients.

Andy Parker
Sector Director – Scientific, Buro Happold Engineering

Becky Hayward
Buro Happold Engineering

Nick Brindley
Associate, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Nick BrindleyNick joined FCBS’s Bath office in 1999. Projects include the recently completed new Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, refurbishment and extension of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford; Visitor Centre at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Sizergh Castle, Northumbria and a City Academy in Bristol. He is currently working on the refurbishment and extension of the Queen’s Road Building at the University of Bristol. Nick also has a special interest in furniture and interiors, and lead the recent fit-out of our Bath office.


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