AfH Glasgow Event Visits on 11 September 2013

Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre

Lead designers – Avanti Architect
We started our tour of four recently completed or under-construction health buildings at Barrhead. It was a grey and rainy day and we dodged the torrential showers to find shelter.

The new £18 million Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre was opened in 2011. It provides a wide range of health services, including GP, dental, physiotherapy and older adult day services, alongside community services such as district nursing, health visiting and home care. The centre is run in partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council, with both organisations sharing ownership of the building.
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AfH Glasgow Event 2013 Speaker CVs

Mike Baxter
Mike is the Deputy Director (Capital and Facilities) within the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. Mike’s role covers asset management, the distribution and control of the capital budget for NHS Scotland as well as the development of capital investment policy within the Scottish Health sector. Mike is an accountant by background and spent 11 years in local government before joining the then Scottish Executive in January 2000. Mike was Head of the Private Finance and Capital Unit between 2002 and 2008 before taking up his current role. Mike is Chair of the Health Directorate’s Capital Investment Group, Chair of the European Health Property Network and a member of CIPFA’s Executive Committee in Scotland.
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AfH Glasgow Event 2013 programme and sponsors

10 and 11 September – at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

10 September
2.00 – Registration and refreshments
2.20 – Welcome from AfH
2.30 – Health Procurement in Scotland: Mike Baxter, Deputy Director, Finance, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
2.50 – Southern General Hospital: Neil Murphy, IBI Nightingale and Paul Serkis, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
3.10 – Lessons from Small to Large: Dennis O’Keeffe NHS Dumfries & Galloway with Graeme Armet, Richard Murphy Architects and Colin Carrie, Keppie Design
3.30 – Discussion
3.45 – Primary Care Reference Design: Heather Chapple A+D Scotland
4.05 – Design Policy in Practice, a Client Perspective: Steve Shon, NHS Lothian
4.25 – Design for Primary and Community Care: Clare Kemsley, Gareth Hoskins Architects
4.45 – Discussion
5.00 – 6.00 – Networking Reception

11 September
9.00 – 5.00 – Visits by coach – Fully booked


Main event sponsor

Sheppard Robson




Programme subject to change

Collaborative practices: artists and architects

Inspiring, stimulating and entertaining: three collaborative partnerships presented their projects integrating art works with architectural design. The audience were delighted.

Architects for Health’s summer event showcased projects with artists, architects, consultancies and clients featuring Wunderkammer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity by Sue Ridge and Nicky Crane ; new work by Jane Willis and Studio Weave in Bristol; and the Macmillan Cancer Centre at University College Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH) by Guy Noble, Arts Coordinator and Sophy Twohig from Hopkins Architects.
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How can we do more with less?

How can we do more with less?

From within the inspiring modernist setting of the Royal College of Physicians’ library endowed with ancient books on subjects as diverse as mathematics and the universe, AfH together with the European Health Property Network explored how to sustain the quality of healthcare design with less money and importantly, less political will to spend freely. Speakers and delegates from across the UK and mainland Europe shared ideas, plans, built examples and visions. The event generated a challenging and provocative discussion with the sense that significant changes will need to happen to make this possible over the next decade.
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Designing for Impairment

AfH stepped onto Danish territory for their latest event: another informative and thought-provoking evening, sponsored by Guldmann and hosted by the Danish Ambassador, within the iconic Arne Jacobsen Danish Embassy.

Following the Ambassador’s welcome address -making reference to Denmark’s long history of and commitment to healthcare and caring environments- John Cooper, AfH chair, cited the Paralympics as the catalyst for this year’s AfH focus on “designing for impairment”.
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Architects for Health at the IHEEM conference 2012

Architects for Health (AfH) organised  an excellent ‘conference within a conference’ at IHEEM in Manchester Central.

Entitled Designs on Health, AfH ran 4 sessions as part of the main conference programme. Three showcased good practice examples encompassing international, UK and interdisciplinary perspectives. A panel of experts from trusts and design practice further discussed how to encourage and achieve good design in the future.
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Designs on Health – AfH Exhibition Stand at IHEEM 2012

“Our most successful stand yet…described as the “jewel in the crown” of the Exhibition Hall.

The new format succeeded in showcasing members work, with informative and entertaining panels highlighting the aims and aspirations of Practices, Health Clients and of course,  Architects for Health. We were pleased to host many members on the stand and will be responding to all new membership and sponsorship enquiries received.

With our focus for the coming year covering topics including, designing for physical disability, bariatric design, neuro-rehab support, dementia and sensory impairment. We succeeded in tickling all the senses, visually the stand looked fantastic, the fox’s glacier fruits tasted great, our silent corner provided respite from the hubbub,  whilst offering the most comfortable seats in the house, courtesy of Hitch Mylius.  The sixth sense is in tune and say’s “submit next year to avoid disappointment” and avoid Clients asking you the question …”Where’s my scheme and why haven’t you submitted?”

Members who submitted entries for this year’s exhibition were not disappointed, together with having the opportunity of an award they all received the added bonus of their images being presented to the European Health Property Network (EuHPN) event in Copenhagen.

And so to the results of our “internationally judged competition” with. Gold, silver and bronze awards being presented in our Olympic year to:-

AfH Gold award 2012, BDP’s Alderhey Children’s Hospital AfH Silver award 2012, HLM’s Cynon Valley Community Hospital AfH bronze award 2012, P H + S’s Houghton-le-Spring Primary Care Centre

Our thanks go to Tye Farrow and John Cole for undertaking the judging, in what proved to be a broad range of entries.

A very successful event for all those involved, will you join in the fun next year?”

For this year exhibition of members projects see the gallery:

Rosemary Jenssen, AfH Executive member