2015 Shortlisted Projects


AfH is pleased to announce the Shortlist of this years Design Awards. The winners will be announced on 22 June at the Reception at the European Healthcare Design Congress at the RCP.

Category A: New building
An outstanding health care building that helps to transform care services, putting the patient experience and staff support at the centre of the project.

Category B: Conversion or infill project
An outstanding health care building conversion or infill that helps to transform care services, putting the patient experience and staff support at the centre of the project.

Category C: International project
An outstanding health care building that is located in a place outside the UK.

Category D: Ideas or new concept
An intriguing idea for a project not yet delivered that explores eg a theoretical idea or concept for future care.

Category E: Overall Winner
A project selected from the shortlisted projects in the above categories that is outstanding.

Category A: New building

Hopewood Park by Medical Architecture
Location: Ryhope, Northumberland, UK
Sector: Mental Health
Client: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Value: £50m
Status: Completed 2014

Hopewood Park is a 122-bed inpatient and outpatient facility for adults and older people. The new mental health campus provides a safe recovery-centred environment with generous and relaxing places to appreciate views to the coast and surrounding landscape.
Hopewood Park

Strategic vision
The brief was informed by consultation with local people, service users, carers and staff on providing improved Mental Health services in the Sunderland area, culminating in a new integrated campus. Consolidating services south of the Tyne in this meticulously planned setting supports efficient and effective management whilst dramatically improving the quality of psychiatric care.

The extraordinary site overlooks the North Sea and inspired the name of the area, Ryhope, which describes a valley cutting sharply through the landscape. These natural features underpin the creative evolution of the architecture, landscape, art and way-finding strategy, reflecting the movement of patients, visitors and staff through the site.

A ‘watercourse’ ‘flows’ down the site from the entrance in the north eastern corner to the bottom of the site in the south west. The elevated position, panoramic aspect and shelter contribute to the stepped form of a hillside community.

A sense of neighbourliness is engendered through building form, layout and the clustering of residential units around a landmark shared therapy and activity centre at the heart of the complex.

Purposeful innovation
Internal ward is designed to provide the best care possible. A particular feature of the inpatient units is the use of the building itself to create secure external gardens and courtyards without the need for high fences.Single-loaded corridors enhance an open and airy feel; provide generous views and access to gardens and aid supervision and passive observation.

Design approach
The inpatient wards are planned to accommodate the widest range of service configurations. Accessed via a landscaped front garden, the wards have been designed
2 of 2 to offer an abundance of natural daylight. They are paired to allow safe and efficient staffing whilst designed to foster recovery through the placement of generous relaxing places for patients and staff to appreciate long views to the coast and the rugged surrounding landscape.

The materials are natural and calming, a gentle nod to the surrounding mature landscape. The way-finding strategy is paramount; the materiality and approach to colour seeks to facilitate inclusion of the multiple users with the presence of symbols and references found in the wards.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with the work by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and especially the fantastic therapeutic environment at Hopewood Park.”Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care Services..

Targeted with BREEAM ‘very good’, key elements include: enhanced U-values, natural day lighting, use of exposed thermal mass for temperature stabilisation and natural ventilation.

Off-site construction was utilised for the timber frame; pre-cast concrete superstructures; pre-installed windows; en-suite bathroom pods and pre-fabricated building services. This proved to be a great success with programme; construction waste savings; enhanced quality, and improved health and safety.

The project utilises photovoltaic cells, air source heat pumps and mechanical heat recovery systems as renewable energy. Control measures include: occupancy detection control linked to mechanical ventilation, heating and lighting systems and intelligent ‘self learning’ controls.

The landscape comprises native species planting and enrichment of the varied ecological habitats culminating in a wetland area, providing a water attenuation space and further therapeutic amenity.


South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children by IBI Group
Scheme name: South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Client: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board/ Brookfield Multiplex
Address: Glasgow, Scotland
Completion: February 2015
Cost: £840 million
Gross internal area: 170,000m2
Glasgow Hospital

South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children replaces four ageing hospitals across Glasgow, some of which date back to Victorian times. This technologically advanced scheme is one of the largest critical care complexes in Europe, the design of which supports a move away from the traditional ward based model of care.

The overall campus design transforms healthcare for patients and staff by changing the way healthcare is delivered across the West of Scotland. Linking into the existing functional hospital campus, the co-location of maternity, children’s / adult’s hospitals and learning facilities, delivers the new model of care envisioned by NHS Scotland.

Responding to its urban context, the 14-storey hospital transforms the Glasgow/Govan skyline. The architectural form and massing clearly defines the hospital as three elements, which draws on Glasgow’s rich maritime heritage; ‘The Vessel’ (children’s hospital), ‘The Dock’ (adult podium) and ‘The Beacon’ (adult ward tower). Careful arrangement of the two buildings ensures that there is mutual compatibility, whilst creating an identifiably distinct character for the adult and children’s hospitals. This is expressed externally and internally, to reflect the nature of the patient groups . Seen as a catalyst for local regeneration, the scheme also sets a new benchmark in healthcare delivery.

Designed to deliver a non institutional environment, the strategic use of form delivers a flexible template, where bed units can expand or contract around the form to suit changing clinical needs.
The Children’s Hospital utilises innovative ‘cruciform’ wards, which promote patient interaction, maximise observation by staff, while minimising MRSA infection rates.
To support an effective working environment, Automated Goods Vehicles (robots) deliver the FM support functions 24 hours a day.

Bedroom/en-suite configurations are standardised / flexible and designed to maximise usable floor area/daylight and views, enhancing the patients/staffs experience with regards to effective working, healing, safety and privacy.

The design delivers a high quality healing environment, which provides a reassuring, enjoyable legible and safe environment for all patients, visitors and staff. Set within therapeutic parklands giving abundant, green spaces for all users as well as the community, the design utilises excellent standards of space, height, materials and technology, in an effort to create a “hotel like” environment.
Vibrant atriums (adult/children) further enhance the non institutional design vision and provide spaces for social interaction, cafes, retail and a cinema, as well as housing state of the art innovative ‘distraction technology’ through collaboration with Glasgow Science Museum.

The Hospital is the first major acute hospital of its size to be designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard. This low carbon design 80kg/m2 year carbon emissions, also has an enhanced “U” value and low air permeability of 5m3/HR/m2@50PA.

Several environmental carbon saving features were included in the design, including a standalone energy centre utilising CHP units, specification of low carbon embodied products coupled with a Waste Resource Action Plan (WRAP) minimising waste to landfill. A sustainable urban drainage system within the parkland setting coupled with green roofs and a detailed sustainable transport strategy further enhanced the sustainable features.


The Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre by Murphy Philipps Architects
Scheme Name: The Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre, Surrey
Client: BOC Ltd, in partnership with REMEO Healthcare Ltd and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Value: Confidential
Area: 1,720m2
Lane Fox REMEO

Commended by the pioneering clinical team as ‘world-class’, The Lane Fox
REMEO® Respiratory Centre is a high-tech 20-bed satellite centre to the renowned chronic respiratory failure Lane Fox Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. It is the UK’s first purpose-built centre to ‘wean’ respiratory patients from invasive mechanical ventilation, improving recovery rates and enabling patients to eventually return home.

In line with NHS England’s plans, the centre helps match the gap in the provision of this specialist service, frees up critical care beds, improves the delivery of clinical services closer to patients’ homes and provides specialist training for local healthcare staff and carers.

Commended by the planning authority as ‘a worthwhile contribution to its setting’, the building has been sensitively located adjacent to protected ancient woodland in the grounds of East Surrey Hospital.

Mono-pitched roofs, with large areas of glazing, including those at high-level, flood the building with natural light and provide views and access to the natural landscape throughout. Outdoor terraces blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor space, promoting an atmosphere of relaxation, supporting the rehabilitation process.


  • A revolutionary model of care for complex respiratory patients.
  • Ground-breaking virtual access to specialist consultants who review live patient records,
    amend drug prescriptions and speak directly with patients and staff.
    “A major step forward in the integration of technology and healthcare to improve patients’ experience and outcomes” Baroness Lane Fox, digital pioneer.
  • An innovative four-bed bay layout ensures all patients have a window, with the ability for future adaptation to two single en-suite rooms.
  • The central social space sliding partition allows instant change.
  • Medical facilities installed behind artwork in social space mean the area can be temporarily used as patient space.
  • Room sizes and proportions can adapt to a wide range of activities.

Facilitating the patient’s journey home, the building has been shaped by
patients and their families in consultation with clinicians and carers. The resultant holistic design provides an all-encompassing rehabilitation setting:

  • A less institutionalised facility, with focus around social spaces. One that is ‘homely’ whilst meeting Care Quality Commissioning requirements.
  • A layout providing privacy and dignity without compromising the need for close staff observation.
  • Level access and medical gas points throughout for complete patient freedom of movement.
  • A courtyard offering a controlled external environment for vulnerable patients.
  • Observation windows sized and located to maximise visibility around the unit and to provide the benefit of borrowed daylight.
  • Services and technology discreetly placed, at times hidden, reducing the clinical nature and enhancing the therapeutic feel.
  • Commissioned murals further enrich the building design.

The building reflects the client’s vision for a high standard of sustainable
design and operation through efficiency and passive measures. The priority was to reduce the building’s energy demands before considering offsetting CO2 emissions. Features include:

  • Optimisation of passive design to maximise natural daylight and minimise solar gain
  • Natural ventilation solutions
  • Highly efficient building fabric following the principle of the ‘Fabric First’ approach
  • High levels of thermal efficiency in the building envelope
  • Low air permeability levels
  • Low energy lighting design and automatic controls
  • High efficiency services systems
  • Optimised building management systems and controls to maximise energy efficiency
  • Energy metering throughout
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Water conservation measures


Category B: Conversion or infill project

Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
Bristol Royal Infirmary
by CODA Architects
Client: University Hospitals Bristol NHSFT
Value: £13 million
Gross internal area: 5000m2

The original building for Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC), was built in the 1970 and was in need of updating and extending to bring it in line with current standards and models of care.
Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

Strategic Vision
The project included the extension and refurbishment of the existing building including a new LINAC facility, teenage / young adult accommodation and Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) Facilities. The scheme has allowed more patients to be treated, in more appropriate facilities, using modern procedures. Two new LINAC bunkers have been created below ground to expand existing services and accommodate newer, more powerful and more accurate machines.
TCT research has clearly indicated that age appropriate facilities have a positive impact on cancer treatment delivery for this vulnerable age group and allow a normalisation of life despite cancer. The project includes a Teenage and Adolescent centre part funded by TCT with a fit-out designed in collaboration with AHMM.

The extension to BHOC is in a very prominent and sensitive location. It is opposite a grade 2 listed building, forms a new frontage to the road, is on the border between a number of conservation areas and is overlooked by numerous buildings.
The trust therefore instigated meetings with the local residents committee to discuss thoughts and concerns over the design. The design developed from a very conceptual stage with the input and feedback from local residents and although, not all the feedback was positive, the majority have welcomed the scheme and “like the way it covers up the gloomy façade of the existing Oncology building”. The final form of the building reflects a positive response to comments on issues such as context, scale, massing, sustainability and buildability.

Purposeful Innovation
The BHOC treats people on a daily basis with terminal or life threatening illnesses. Creating the right environment for that treatment to take place has been proven to improve the emotional perception of the experience. The appropriateness of materials, colour schemes, interior decoration and artwork, all contribute to a sense of calm.
Due to ongoing extensive research the treatment of cancer is constantly evolving. It is therefore essential that a building of this type is able to evolve accordingly. Modular room sizes and a centralised circulation core, combined with the use of lightweight partitions allow for maximum future flexibility, with minimum disruption to services.

Design approach
Functional content and clinical adjacencies have driven the space and area of the building forming a series of floor plates of differing sizes, with largest at the top and smallest at the bottom. The physical constraints of the existing building, entrance and external circulation (people and vehicles) and the topography of the site have all contributed to the final form and massing of the new building.

The scheme has been certified as achieving BREEAM “Very Good “rating. Certification is available upon request. Key sustainable features include:

  • Use of low energy lighting
  • Use of thermal zoning and electric sub metering
  • Specification of low water use fittings
  • Specification of VOC free construction materials with low environmental impact


Citylabs, Manchester by Sheppard Robson
Client: Bruntwood
Value: £26m
Gross internal area: 12,000m2

Strategic Vision
Citylabs’ aim is to create a commercially viable 10,000 sq m centre for health and related bio-medical facilities in line with the requirements highlighted in the Zernike report 2008. It is a new concept in high-specification, flexible healthcare, laboratory and office space.
The project, located on the Central Manchester Universities Hospital NHS Foundation Trust site, promotes collaboration between healthcare clinical research and treatment, allowing the medical community to benefit a “from bench to bedside” approach. The facility is designed to enable its tenants to locate in the heart of Europe’s largest clinical campus, providing access to skilled clinicians and researchers, local access to safety and ethics group support, access to local patients and volunteers for clinical trials.

The new clinical research facility comprises the retention and renovation of the Grade II listed former Royal Eye Hospital and a new innovative building to the rear. The latter is characterised by facades created from red perforated screens that reflect the pattern of the brickwork of the existing building.
A key aspiration for the development was that the uses of the building be arranged to provide active frontages giving a positive connection between the occupiers and the wider community. It is intended that shared facilities such as meeting spaces will be used by all on the hospital campus.

The principal tenant for the development was a major clinical trials company, ICON Development Solutions Ltd, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. As ICON were also Sheppard Robson’s client, we were able to work with both the developer, Developer and Hospital Trust to develop a building that could accommodate their needs with grid and servicing models that could then be adapted to research requirements.
As well as meeting a specific technical brief, Citylabs also includes laboratories that could accommodate biology and possibly chemistry related activity, in flexible suites of over 500 sq m. In the absence of any defined end users, the design was developed as a speculative space, which anticipated the future requirement of the first and future generations of occupiers and changes to technologies that have yet to be identified.

Design approach
In close consultation with English Heritage we demonstrated that the best way ensure the long term viability of the existing listed building was to demolish those parts that were fit for no future purpose (around 50% of the existing structure) allowing new build fit-for purpose accommodation to be created.
The crisp recliner plan of the new build which can accommodate a broad range of uses (current uses include multi-bed wards and Hitachi’s medical devices), married with retained space for administrative functions (current tenants include Manchester College and Nuffield Health).

Citylabs was designed and created with sustainability in mind from the outset and this focus has been rewarded through its Excellent BREEAM rating.
The structure’s sophisticated use of glass facades, in conjunction with its range of other energy-efficient materials and design fixtures (like spandrel panels and solar control glazing), have contributed to its ultra-low U-value. This measure of thermal performance is around 50% lower than the façade of an average building.


Sheffield Children’s Hospital by Avanti Architects
Client: Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Value: £25m (approximately)
Gross internal area in sqm: 10130 (approximately)

Sheffield Children’s Hospital
This important intervention, combines new-build and refurbishment to provide three wards and an outpatients department, around a dramatic triple-height main entrance atrium.
Sheffield Childrens Hospital
Strategic vision
The new building is a key move in the hospital’s vision for the future, helping to address a series of problems with the existing estate that impact clinical service delivery. The existing hospital is tightly constrained by surrounding roads and buildings, and has been developed in a piecemeal manner over more than a century, resulting in problems with clinical functionality, adjacencies, non-alignment of floor levels, fire safety, and a confusing and degraded internal environment.

The development:

  • replaces a significant portion of the poor quality existing departments with state-of-the-art facilities,
  • creates new linkages that facilitate the future phased redevelopment of the retained estate,
  • resolves the problems with access (both internal and external) that adversely affect the operation of the hospital, and
  • Improves the quality of environment enjoyed by all hospital users.

The site is partially within a conservation area, and close to a number of listed buildings, including portions of Sheffield University. The existing frontage, however, is highly disjointed, creating a confusing and unattractive first impression upon arrival.

The new design stitches together its immediate context, creating a main entrance appropriate to the hospital’s significance and setting:

  • The need to partially refurbish the existing main entrance building is taken advantage of to create an entirely new public face for the hospital.
  • A clock tower is located at the intersection of two long views, anchoring the hospital in the city.
  • The plan form was carefully developed to maximise the retention of existing buildings in the conservation area.
  • Materials and façade composition complement the adjacent historic buildings.

Purposeful innovation
Extensive thought has been given by the client and design team to how new thinking can better fulfil needs now and in future:

  • On wards, decentralised touch-down bases ensure that staff can position themselves at point of need.
  • A multi-controlled natural ventilation system (easily controlled by BMS, staff, or patient) is installed throughout ward areas.
  • A bedroom window design has been developed with enclosed adjustable blinds within secondary glazing, addressing infection control issues while facilitating ease of maintenance.
  • Modular planning of ward and outpatient areas has been used to simplify the process of adaptation to new uses in future.

Design Approach
The design has been developed to deliver a therapeutic and child-friendly environment:

  • Single bedrooms incorporate built-in furniture that accommodates functional requirements while looking homely and age-appropriate. E.g. careful design of the parent’s bed doubles-up as an informal seating area.
  • An innovative ‘t’ shape plan for multi-bed bays ensures that all beds in a 4 bed bay are adjacent to a window/light/views and fresh air.
  • Ward play areas are located within a ‘Play Tube’ suspended in the atrium, which both provides fun, non-institutional play space, and symbolically places children and play at the heart of the hospital.
  • Artists have been closely involved in the design, creating memorable experiences and diverting environments that are fully integrated with functionality.
  • New gardens and courtyards are created, and unsightly functions such as the service yard are relocated, benefiting users of both the new and existing buildings.

The building makes use of Sheffield’s District heating system for both heating and cooling, creating one of the lowest carbon emitting health buildings in the country and achieving BREEAM Excellent.
This flexible, adaptable, shallow plan building is needed by the local community, improves the environment and is built by local constructors – a truly sustainable development.


Category C: International project

Ghana District Hospitals by TB Bennett
Client: NMSI and Ghana Ministry of Health
Value: Confidential
Gross internal area in sqm: Each hospital is 7,056 sqm
Ghana District Hospitals
Creating a new model for local Healthcare in Africa
TP Bennett are working with UK and Ghana based client NMS Infrastructure to deliver 6 new district hospitals across Ghana. Working for the Ghana Ministry of Health (GMoH), the team have developed a design model which moves forward from the generic, high energy consuming, ‘white box’ hospitals which have been built in developing countries in recent years.

A holistic approach
The hospitals are designed in response to the health needs of the Ghanaian population and to improve the experience of the patients and visitors accessing healthcare. External shaded verandas, built around landscaped spaces are used for circulation, waiting, therapy and community education. Wards are open-plan, with high ceilings and louvered French windows which open onto garden courtyards. The buildings support complex clinical functions and attention to infection control, but this is only part of a wider therapeutic and supportive environment, with each patient having views and access onto therapeutic and relaxing external spaces as part of their treatment and recovery.

A Ghanaian solution
The hospitals are being constructed using local labour and a large proportion of local
materials. They are designed to be as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible, as some
are in remote locations. Single storey buildings that are naturally ventilated are resilient to
the often frequent power-cuts and are more affordable to run.

The District Hospitals are being created to respond to areas of demand such as maternity
and community health and to provide spaces that respond to local customs around family
support to patients, incorporation of traditional medicine and care for the deceased. We
have carried out in-depth discussions with clinical advisors from the GMoH to fully
understand the spaces that they need to host and treat their patients.


Maersk Building – Extension of the Panum complex at the University of Copenhagen by CF Moller Architects
Client: The Danish University and Property Agency and the University of Copenhagen
Donation: A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til Almene formål
Year: 2010 – 2015
Value: EUR 135m
Gross internal area in sqm: 42.700 m² (24.700m² laboratories, offices and common functions and 18.000 m² foyer, canteen,
auditoria, classrooms, plant)
Maersk Panum
Brief description of key scheme highlights against the criteria given:
The extension of the Panum complex has been designed with the aim of creating the best
possible environment for modern research and teaching.

A parallel objective has been to create a building which will stand out as an identity-creating, sculptural linchpin for the entire Panum complex and the university’s Nørre Campus (i.e. the North Campus) as a whole. The new complex is also intended to act as the generator of a positive urban development in its immediate neighbourhood and in relation to the entire city.

At fifteen storeys tall, the Maersk Building will provide the complex with a unifying and
dynamic focal point in a clear and readable form. But just as a tree has its root network, the
tower rests upon on a series of smaller buildings which contain the common functions: the
auditoriums, classrooms, canteen, show lab, conference rooms and book café.
The most striking part of the root network is the extensive science plaza, which will form the
new social hub of the complex. The plaza accommodates the main entrance and will serve as the main social meeting-place, linking all functions between the new and the existing Panum complex.

The new Panum complex will have an open and outward-looking appearance, with a transparent ground floor that will help to blur the boundaries between the building and the city. The public will also be invited to visit the top of the tower, where there will be a café, lounge and viewing points.

Between the buildings, new plazas will arise, together with internal garden spaces equipped
with alcoves and seating. These will function as an extension of the study rooms and offices,
but will also add new green oases to the city. A campus thoroughfare passing through the
area, together with pedestrian and cycle paths, will create a vibrant urban park with intimate
links to the surrounding city.

With its organic forms, the building expresses signal power and innovation, but is also adapted to the existing Panum complex through its colour scheme, rhythm and gravity.
The facade is built up in the form of a grid structure of storey-high window fields that break
up the building’s large scale.

The project will be pioneering in energy usage, with Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories, in which waste energy from the ventilation system will be recycled in the overall energy balance of the building to a hitherto unprecedented degree.


Palo Alto Medical Foundation San Carlos Center by NBBJ
Location: San Carlos, California
Completion: 2014
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
NBBJ designed the San Carlos Center, an integrated healthcare campus for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), to be an uplifting and enriching environment for people to heal, work, and connect with one another other. By combining the romanticism of the historic mission with the brightness and cleanliness of modern expression, the Center provides an ideal space for high-quality healthcare while also paying homage to the surrounding community. Using sustainable design approaches, the San Carlos Center engages with its magnificent natural setting while operating with minimal ecological impact.

Each space in the San Carlos Center is crafted with the theme of rejuvenation in mind. The main lobby’s entrance is composed of full height walls of Colorado sandstone; the exterior entry canopy extends into the entry lobby, providing a continuous soffit composed of reclaimed Redwood. A striking full height wooden block wall made from repurposed Douglas fir beams frames the reception area. The locally sourced reclaimed wood features provide a warm welcome for patients and visitors. Seating areas, filled with artwork and views of the natural landscape, are meant to bring patients a sense of comfort and intimacy.

The San Carlos Center’s artwork celebrates its community while promoting healing and vitality. Decorating the building are a variety of indigenous materials and commissioned local artwork, which encourage a connection to the region’s geography and people. A horizontal photography niche, comprised of more than 50 breathtaking photographs of the immediate landscape, specifically taken for this project, runs the length of the clinic lobbies on all four floors. Graphic illustrations and photographs commemorate the region’s indigenous plants, such as rosemary, lavender and aloe, symbolizing the center’s dedication to health and wellbeing in the San Carlos community.

Designing the Center, we focused on building something that would inspire its personnel to deliver the best care possible. Open office work spaces in each clinic afford an abundance of natural light as well as frequent communication and collaboration amongst teams. Special enclave spaces and meeting rooms allow for focused work and private conversation as needed.

We also ensured that PAMF’s San Carlos Center fosters a strong relationship with the physical environment outside. This connection is particularly evident through the building’s strategic use of daylight and its extraordinary courtyard and gardens. The building’s true southern orientation allows its interior courtyards to draw and harvest natural daylight, while a large exterior awning was designed to soften intense light. Three custom keyhole stone arches, a major art element commissioned by the client, establish a threshold into the campus. These arches also serve as entrances to a series of south-facing gardens, which feature plants from various regions around the world that are at the same latitude as the San Carlos Center.

A vibrant botanical courtyard links the main lobby to the main clinic lobbies and is traversable through an enclosed walkway. Passing through the walkway and courtyard, a canopy with illustrative cutouts creates a foliage-like pattern of dappled light; their exquisite shadows adorn the walkway’s walls and floors throughout the day. Momentary respite is further encouraged by a 45-foot-long California walnut bench facing a wondrous, sprawling view of the region.


Category D: Ideas or new concept

Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, UK by Medical Architecture
Sector: Mental Health
Client: Mersey Care NHS Trust
Value: £25m
Status: Design proposal 2014
Ashworth MCT
This design concept was developed as part of a high level proposal to the client. The brief is to provide a 90 bed inpatient facility with scope to enlarge to 120 beds developed to co-exist next to Ashworth Hospital, one of the UK’s three National High Secure Mental Health Units.

Addressing the specific issues of Medium Secure facilities
Medium Secure facilities have become increasingly ‘secure’. This proposal complies with current compliance standards while minimizing the stigmatizing impact of these secure requirements both externally and within the facility.

Maximising service user space
A major challenge is to maximise the usable space on site whilst providing a secure perimeter with sterile zones and observation lines. The design maximises the use of the secure site to cater for the widest range of recovery-focused activities. By pushing the secure perimeter to the outer ring of the site and using the “sterile” zone as a staff only logistical “ring main” saving 15% of site area. All the staff only and maintenance functions are separated from the patient areas.

This means that bedrooms and day accommodation can be ordered around the mid ring with a sheltered inner ring or “mall” of educational, amenity and therapy spaces. The central lozenge shaped parkland introduces softer forms with 400m running track is modeled to vary the experience and provide for an enhanced range of activities in what can be a very limiting and dull setting.

Recovery focused setting
The campus offers a direct pathway from a high secure to a local medium secure setting. This provides a continuum of care expanding the range of activities that can normally be accommodated whilst enabling consistency of care under the same clinical teams.

Recovery is incentivised by allowing for a very wide range of self-directed activities and amenities to take place in an easily controlled and supervised setting. The large entrance block would house both administrative facilities and a penthouse of step down apartments. The proposal envisaged a café, training garage and shop forming part of the “go to work” programme in preparation for discharge to a community based setting.

Safety through efficiency
Standardising ward and room layouts allow staff to work safely in familiar settings with consistent operating procedures. Separation of maintenance and facilities management access minimise disruption of services and reduce risk.

Growth and change
In response to the anticipated need for growth and change, the site plan creates a framework for expansion of 90-120 additional beds or an additional 33%. This provides the site working area during construction and is designed to minimise on-costs but also gives a platform for future enlargement without compromising security.

Positive Identity
The secure campus employs hundreds of staff. Ashworth and HMP Kennett are currently a dominant physical presence. This proposal creates a landmark entrance feature for the whole of the campus and places a positive animated and stigma-free complex at the centre of the site communicating a professional caring ethos and enhancing the NHS Trust brand.


The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital by Stantec Ltd
Client: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Value: £160,000,000
GIA: 23,000 square metres

The aim for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital is to create uplifting, non-institutional architecture that supports the activities within by consolidating cancer treatment in one building and making the experience easier and less stressful for patients.
Cancer Centre Guys Village
The idea: Villages creating a human scale
The Centre is made up of a number of stacked ‘Villages’, each with its own distinct identity relating to a particular patient need. By breaking up the functions of the building into multi-storey chunks, a human scale is created to help orientation and make the Centre more user-friendly. Visitors exit the lift at their desired section and enter into the ‘Village Square’ – a non-clinical space that includes a planted external balcony as well as informal seating and relaxation areas from where patients can navigate to specific rooms via lifts and stairs.

There are three Villages for treatment: Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and Outpatients. Each Village contains most of the facilities that a patient requires for a particular treatment, reducing their travel time around the hospital site. Two other areas complete the building: a Welcome Village at ground level containing communal facilities; and a Private Patients Unit on the upper four floors.

Welcome Village: The main entrance of the Centre is a double-height indoor-outdoor space that creates a welcoming environment and establishes the layout and feel of the rest of the building. There are a number of active uses at street level including retail, café, main reception, The Dimbleby Cancer Centre, rehabilitation gym and other drop-in facilities.

Radiotherapy Village: Notably, the new Cancer Centre will be the first in the UK to wholly locate its radiotherapy treatment facilities above ground floor level – a key design decision following patient feedback. This will integrate radiotherapy as part of the normal life of the building and allows both patients and staff to benefit from views and natural light. The Village is vertically stacked over three consecutive levels, each level corresponding to a particular stage of a patient’s treatment. The floors are organised into high technology zones towards the rear of the building footprint, and low technology zones towards the front.

Chemotherapy Village: The Chemotherapy Village brings together into one unit a range of services that are currently delivered separately, offering maximum flexibility whilst retaining a patient-friendly environment. This is achieved by zoning into different treatment areas, giving patients the choice between a communal area and a more intimate space. This layout means different types of patient groups and treatment sessions can be run concurrently, increasing both the flexibility and capacity of the unit.

The Village also includes a research floor for King’s College London, resulting in a more complete integration of research and treatment activities through the potential to involve a much larger proportion of patients in clinical trials.

Outpatients Village: This Village brings together elements that outpatients are most likely to use such as imaging and minor procedures facilities, allowing them to remain in the same place for the duration of their visit. It is designed to service patients at various stages of their cancer pathway from diagnosis and treatment through to follow up checks and end of life care, allowing them to receive co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary care in a single visit.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Cornwall by PM Devereux
Client: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Value: £5 million
Gross Internal Area: 1687 sq.m
Cornwall CAMHs
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of mental health facilities in Cornwall looking to procure a new Tier 4 CAMHS unit in the region; the proposal will be meeting a national requirement for improved and increased CAMHS services within the UK and will be unique in the country, providing inpatient accommodation for service users up to the age of 25 years old.

Adolescents are legally required to move into adult accommodation at the age of 18. Many of these users are better suited to a CAMHS’ environment and care model than that of an adult acute unit. This provided a challenge as legally, the over 18’s would not be able to mingle with the children and adolescent service users.

This led to a unique design utilising the idea of residential clusters for smaller groups but with the ability to access some shared areas.

The design has two 6-bed clusters and one 3-bed cluster with swing zones between to enable 2 beds to each cluster to swing and optimise flexibility in the group number. Each cluster has an independent lounge, a quiet room and access to an outside space in the form of a courtyard garden. Without passing through other clusters, there is access to a shared dining facility, activity room and other shared facilities, which will have timed availability.

The different age groups can be segregated whilst all being within a CAMHS environment under the care of a CAMHS staffing team and model of care. Staff facilities are centrally located to ensure access and observation is maintained.

At the front of the unit, a cafe and gym are located to provide further shared space where service users can meet friends and family in an appropriate space which de-stigmatises their situation.

The upper floor also has an education suite with classrooms, therapy rooms, music and ADL kitchen facilities.

Design options have been developed as the final preferred site has not been chosen. Each is designed specifically for the relevant site but still observes the principles outlined above.

Both options look to create a contemporary building that young people can identify with, whilst using vernacular materials that reference local context such as stone walling. This is used in conjunction with a contemporary palette of metal cladding to promote a contemporary style suitable for a child and adolescent environment.

Option A – The Courtyards
This is located on a fairly level open piece of land within one of the Trust’s hospital sites. This has given the opportunity to develop the internal courtyards within the plan layout.

Option B – The Pavilions (images included)
This option is on a sloping site within the same hospital allowing pavilions to be set into the gradient of the hill. The cafe and education facilities are set at the upper ground level and the residential clusters with private gardens are located on a lower ground level.
The building utilises Passivhaus techniques which look at building orientation, fenestration, air tightness and good detailing to promote energy efficient design. During the next stages of detail design we will be looking at other measures that may be appropriate such as biomass boilers, combined heat and power and ground source heat pumps.


Design Awards 2015 ‘New Building’ and ‘Ideas and New Concept’ categories
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Design Awards 2015 ‘Conversion or Infill Project’ and ‘International Project’ categories
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Design Awards 2015 Overall Winner
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VINCI PLC Carillion

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