Architect / Design Support – Competitive Dialogue Process

Ref; The provision of a new Cancer Centre. The scheme is circa 32,300 m2.

The Velindre University NHS Trust, in South Wales, are about to embark on the next stage of their tendering exercise, Competitive Dialogue, after completing the Reference Design and in the process of readying documents for OJEU for the provision of a new Cancer Centre.

The Trust are seeking various elements of support (Architects / Designers and Engineering with design acumen) to take us through the next stages, to audit their current design principles and to work alongside the Trust during the Competitive Dialogue process to provide advice and assistance in assessing the potential bidders submissions.

The Trust would like to bring to your attention the tenders we will be issuing in the very near future. If anyone would like to be considered or would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Gardiner (stephen.gardiner@wales.nhs.uk) who can inform you of the tendering process.

There will be various levels of support that may be applicable to your involvement, however I would stipulate any firms or members seeking to be bidding the main works must declare this and exclude themselves from this tendering process.

2018 Study Tour to Northern Ireland

Architects for Health Study Tour – Northern Ireland

4-6 July, 2018
Health Infrastructure for the NHS in Northern Ireland has followed a distinctive path from the rest of the UK. Under the control of the Northern Ireland Department of Health for much of the last 30 years, buildings have been commissioned placing a high value on quality and local partnerships. As a result, the province has some of the best recent health buildings developed to provide NHS services. The Architects for Health 2018 study tour organised with the generous support of sponsors Axis Entrance Systems and contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction visited a range of Acute, Sub-acute and Community Health Facilities.

Welcome and Introduction
HLM Architects hosted the welcome event at their central Belfast office. As the 21 members of the Study Tour gathered there was time for networking in a convivial setting with wine and food. The event was kicked off by John Cole, who had been a huge support in helping arrange some of the visits. Continue reading

Phil Gusack Talk at AGM 2018

Henry Marsh “Why are Hospitals so often Horrible?”

Mr Henry Marsh CBEOur speaker this evening is Henry Marsh one of the UK’s most eminent neurosurgeons. After graduating with a First in PPE, at Oxford he studied Medicine in London, subsequently training as a neurosurgeon.

His work has been the subject of two major BBC documentaries – “Your Life in their Hands” in 2003 and “The English Surgeon” in 2009 which was described in the New York Times as “Enthralling, astonishing…agonizingly human” and in the London Times as “the most moving and honest film about surgery I have ever seen.”.

His book Do No Harm, published in 2014, became an international best seller with more than 30 foreign editions and translations. It has been described as: Continue reading

Susan Francis obituary

Susan Francis 1952 – 2017

Susan FrancisSue Francis was a determined pioneer whose achievements as a woman, an architect, an educator, a writer and a strategist are woven into many lives. Sue was an amazing person to work with, always generous with her knowledge and expertise while sensitive, clear and very organised. She drew on a multitude of skills and cultures, which allowed her to work across disciplines very successfully.

She also had a rich personal hinterland and many at her funeral were surprised and gladdened to hear of an interest or a skill of which we knew little. Sue designed her own clothes. She designed and built her house in Shepherdess Walk, London, along with friends who became family, raising their children together under one roof. She also designed her singular career path and guided those of many others.

History will judge Sue kindly because she was right about so many of the big issues in healthcare strategy and design. The book – she co-wrote in 2000 for the Nuffield Trust – Building a 2020 Vision: future health care environments – set out a 20-year development strategy for the NHS, a design primer and an approach that grounded these in the context of broader social and public health structures. It identified and addressed virtually every element that forms the current debate about healthcare provision and reform. Had politicians and strategists followed her precepts, the country would be in much better health. Continue reading

Phil Gusack Talk 2017 at AGM

Reshaping NHS Infrastructure: Will integrated care centres do the trick?

Dr Patricia Oakley is a woman on a mission. Having qualified originally as a pharmacist and becoming London Chief Pharmacist in the early 1980s she didn’t stop there. She has a masters and a doctorate; teaches and undertakes research at Kings College, London and is a Director at Practice Makes Perfect. She splits her time between London and the West Country.

On talking about building the case for change Pat told us that she talks from experience having been involved in policy making for integrated care centres. More usually she works every summer building forecasting models of the clinical workforce and particularly doctors, dentists and pharmacists in order to inform the Joint Investment group of the student numbers they need to admit to support the future workforce. These models look forward 20 years which is the time it takes for a student to become fully effective in the workforce. Continue reading

Healthcare Architect Needed for New Hospital in Georgia

We have had an enquiry from a German-Georgian construction company based in Tbilisi, searching for a strategic partner for the planning and design of a new hospital in Georgia

The basic requirements are as follows:-

  • Services for preparation of design-cost estimation documentation for infectious pathology, HIV and clinical immunology located in Tbilisi / Georgia
  • Support needed for engineering-design services required for construction
  • Land plot area is 5 000 m2
  • Estimated rentable area of the design building(s) is 10 567 sqm
  • Design should provide for accommodation of 100 beds
  • Design-cost estimation documentation shall be prepared in line with construction norms and regulations effective in Georgia, and in accordance with European Standards.
  • The design-cost estimation documentation shall provide for the measures of adapting the building to the needs of disabled

If any members are interested in taking up this challenge please send your statement of interest to us at General Enquiries on our Contact page. Your details will be forwarded to the company for their information and action.

Ann Noble Obituary

Ann Noble9th December 1942 – 9th December 2016

PhD, B Arch, MA Sociology,
Dip. Town Planning, RIBA

AfH Past President

An original founder member of Architects for Health, Former Chair and subsequently Life President, Dr Ann Noble has died peacefully after a long illness. She had a distinguished career in practice, teaching and lecturing internationally and had collaborated with and advised many leading practices including Ted Cullinan, SOM and HOK.

Ann Peerless was brought up in Somerset and studied at Bristol University, where she met her future husband, Paul, both reading architecture. She gained an MA in Sociology from the University of Essex in 1967, registered as an RIBA Chartered Architect in 1971, gained a Diploma in Town Planning from the then Polytechnic of Central London in 1974 and a PhD from Bristol in 1988.

Following three years working in Libya on social housing, Continue reading

European Healthcare Design 2017

VISIONING THE FUTURE:

DESIGNING FOR CHANGE IN PEOPLE-CENTRED HEALTH SYSTEMS

The European Healthcare Design 2017 – Call for Papers – have now been launched.
Organised by Architects for Health with SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange.

More information can be found here www.europeanhealthcaredesign.eu