Call for Tenders “Specialized Children Hospital in Burgas (Bulgaria)”

The following contract notice and Call for Tenders have been published in the Official Journal of the EU, for the technical assistance assignment named: “Specialized Children Hospital in Burgas (Bulgaria)”.

Contract notice:

Call for tenders:

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Healthcare Estates Online Digital Week 5-9 October 2020 Call for Papers from Members of Architects for Health

Healthcare Estates Online Digital Week 5-9 October 2020
Call for Papers from Members of Architects for Health

The annual Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition held at the at Manchester Central for the past few years has been replaced in 2020 by digital presentations and discussions during 5th to 9th October.

Architects for Health has become an integral part of the conference and exhibition – we would like to invite members to participate again this year. Proposals for presentation, topics for discussion and any other content relevant to healthcare design and FM, which can be delivered digitally will be welcome.

In past years, the Architects for Health stream and exhibition stand has been extremely popular and regarded as the focus of design innovation and excellence as well as celebrating collaborative creativity in aspects of healthcare facilities.

There are no boundaries to content providing there is relevance to current or future healthcare design: there will be much interest from delegates to topics responding to Covid 19, future strategic planning and flexibility of spaces.

To submit your proposal, please go to the Healthcare Estates website and click on ‘submit digital content’. Each presentation slot will likely be 20-30 minutes but there will be some latitude – presenters should be willing to take questions and follow-ups from delegates after the event.

Please indicate that your submission is part of the Architects for Health content – we hope to assemble a range of AfH presentations to maintain the high standards of previous years.

Please also confirm by email to that you have submitted a proposal so that we can keep track of what has been sent to the conference organisers.

Inaugural Ann Noble Research Award Presentation

The close association between Architects for Health and the Bartlett Real Estates Institute with generous support from the Noble family was celebrated recently with the presentation of the inaugural Ann Noble Research Award.

Ann Noble

Dr Ann Noble

Dr Ann Noble was a prolific researcher, teacher, architect practitioner and Chair of Architects for Health for ten years, followed by her becoming Joint President together with Professor Ray Moss. Ann’s contribution to and leadership of Architects for Health through her energy and determination took the society to new heights: she corralled her wide range of contacts into events and debates as well as increasing membership and the influence and fortunes of the society.

Ann passed away a couple of years ago and the Ann Noble Research Award has been set up to celebrate her work and research interests. The award is made to a student taking the Bartlett Real Estates Institute Healthcare Facilities MSc and is specifically to be used for the furtherance of an MSc dissertation.

The BREI Master course is in its first year and has been reconfigured to be run remotely since March. Teaching and tuition have continued as well as provisions for dissertations, proposal for which were submitted a few weeks ago. Four dissertation outlines were put forward for the award in 2020.

An evaluation team of Paul Noble (Ann’s husband), Dr Hina Lad (representing AfH Executive), Dr Evangelia Chrysikou (MSc Program Director) and Paul Mercer (award administrator for AfH) reviewed the four proposals and made a recommendation.

With the assistance of colleagues at UCL, an award ceremony was held on Monday 29th June with contributions from the evaluation team and introductions from Prof Andrew Edkins (Head of BREI) and Christopher Shaw (Chair of AfH). A recording of the award ceremony can be viewed here…

Eleni Tsiantou

The award was presented to Masters student Eleni Tsiantou for her dissertation subject “Are the waiting areas in hospitals perceived as therapeutic spaces and does their design contribute to that purpose?”

To further enhance the close collaboration between AfH and BREI, four members of AfH have kindly offered to mentor each of the four dissertation students, who continue to work remotely, The AfH mentors are Dr Hina Lad, Caroline Mulholland, Gareth Banks and Carole Crane.

We look forward to the completed research dissertations and will be inviting Eleni and her three fellow students to present their work to AfH by an appropriate means in the next few months.



Paul Murphy, Director of Paul Murphy Architects, June 2020.

As we have struggled to adjust to the present Covid-19 crisis and start to consider what the short, medium and long term impacts will mean for personal and professional lives, I have been fascinated to observe how the NHS has restructured to deliver its services in the midst of the pandemic. I have worked as an architect in the healthcare sector for over twenty-five years and this crisis has offered time to reflect on how improved strategic design of healthcare facilities could transform the NHS.

This article looks at the current context, collaboration with healthcare industry, pop up hospitals. the flexible use of facilities, technology and the wider ramifications of Covid 19 in the context of the climate emergency and impact on the built environment. Continue reading

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 ( 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