Top design award for Glasgow hospitals scheme

£842m Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children pick up MIPIM Award for Best Healthcare Development

The £842m Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) have scooped the prestigious international MIPIM Award for Best Healthcare Development.

The awards, launched in 1991, are the highlight of an annual event held in Cannes, France, that brings together more than 21,000 influential property players to honour the most-outstanding and accomplished global projects from around the world.

Designed by architects, IBI Group, and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board, the new hospitals were one of four shortlisted entries voted for by event delegates and a judging panel made-up of prominent property professionals.

IBI Group’s Neil Murphy said: “It took a considerable time to plan, design and construct this world-class hospital, which is a beacon for wellbeing in the local community.

“For all the doctors, nurses, patients and staff, in addition to the vast design and build team that were involved in delivering the hospital, this internationally-renowned award is testament to their collaborative effort.”

Robert Calderwood, chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, added: “I am delighted that the design of the new QEUH and the RHC have been recognised internationally as one of the most-outstanding healthcare projects across the world.

“We were a long time in the planning and construction, but the results are now providing the residents of Greater Glasgow and Clyde and beyond with state-of-the-art facilities at the forefront of the latest advances in healthcare.”

The iconic 14-storey, 170,000sq m hospital is among Europe’s largest and most-advanced medical campuses and acts as a catalyst for wider regeneration in and around Scotland’s largest city.

The judges agreed that the hospital establishes a new benchmark for healthcare design and delivery.

Set in a therapeutic set within therapeutic parklands, it uses excellent standards of natural light, space, height, materials and technology, which create a ‘hotel-like’ adult acute environment and a science-inspired, interactive and colourful children’s facility.

Providing 100% single adult bedrooms and virtually 100% single children’s bedrooms, all with stimulating views, the hospital’s design helps to improve infection control and heighten overall patient care, dignity and privacy.

Encompassing novel features such as colourful cantilevered ‘pods’ in the naturally-lit atrium, a bespoke patient and visitor sanctuary, beautifully-landscaped rooftop children’s play area, integrated artwork and the largest A&E in Scotland; the hospital is set to provide the best quality of care for future generations.

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