UK healthcare architecture among the best in the world

Projects singled out for praise in the 2012 Design & Health International Academy Awards

Ferndene Children and Young Peoples Centre in Northumberland was the winner of the International Mental Health Design category at the 2012 Design and Health International Academy Awards

The UK continues to set the pace for healthcare architecture, with a number of projects singled out for praise at the 2012 Design & Health International Academy Awards.

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at Bath’s Royal United Hospital was among the winners, scooping a commendation in the Health Project (under 40,000 sq m) category. The development was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and also won a second commendation in the International Sustainable Design class.

Other UK winners were The Endeavour Unit at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, designed by NBBJ, which was also commended in the Health Project (under 40,000 sq m) category; and the Medical Architecture-designed Ferndene Children and Young People’s Centre in Northumberland, which won the top prize in the International Mental Health Design class.

Excellence in interior design and use of the arts was also highlighted, with two nods to UK projects. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust was highly commended in the International Use of Art in the Patient Environment category for its hydrotherapy project created by LIME Art). And in the International Interior Design Project class Northwick Park Mental Health Centre in north west London, designed by Broadway Malyan, was also commended.

Commenting after its success, a spokesman for LIME Art, said: “The project concept was to create a sense of travel, journey, discovery and wonder through each of the seven interior spaces in the dietetics and therapy centre. Funded by the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, the artwork is reminiscent of Thomas Cook's original 1872 round-the-world tours, plotting a far-away adventure through magical lands and the wonders of the under-the-sea world.”

And Doug Attrill, director of healthcare design at Broadway Malyan, added: “This prestigious award is testament to the skills of our world-class healthcare design experts, their distinctive approach to client partnering and the support of the trust, which has shared our vision to create a unique therapeutic environment.”

The overall winner of the big hospital development schemes – over 40,000sq m – was The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Billard Leece Partnership, Bates Smart and HKS, which also won the International Sustainable Design prize, was highly commended in the International Use of Art in the Patient Environment category, and won the International Interior Design Project title.

The awards attracted almost 100 submissions and the winners were announced at a recent ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Below is a full list of the winners and commendations

Lifetime Leadership Award: Winner, Ar Tan Eng Keong, KMN, professional architect and fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Architects

Health Project (over 40,000sq m) : Winner, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, (Designed by Billard Leece Partnership, Bates Smart and HKS for the Department of Health Victoria); Highly commended, Rey Juan Carlos Hospital, Spain (Designed by Rafael De La-Hoz Architectos); and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, USA (Designed by ZGF Architects)

Health Project (under 40,000sq m) : Winner; Children’s Hospital Osnabruck, Germany, (Designed by AEP Architekten Eggert Generalplaner); Highly commended, The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, UK, (Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios); and The Endeavour Unit, James Cook University Hospital, UK, (Designed by NBBJ)

International Research Project: Winner, Designing Out Medical Error, (Authored by Johnathan West and Grace Davey of the Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art, UK, and Oliver Anderson of Imperial College London; Highly commended, The Neural Basis for Salutogenic Method of Healthcare Design. Dopamine, Perception and the Need for Aesthetic Engagement , (Authored by Jan Golembiewski BfA, BArch, March, PhD); From Normalisation Theory to a ‘Fit For Purpose’ Architecture for the Mentally Ill , (Authored by Evangelina Chrysikou PhD, Greece); and Health and Healing Impacts of Daylighting in the Workplace , (Authored by Ihab Elzeyadi PhD, LEEDap)

International Sustainable Design: Winner, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, (Designed by Billard Leece Partnership, Bates Smart and HKS for the Department of Health Victoria); Highly commended, The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, UK, (Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios); and Robina Hospital Expansion, Australia, (Designed by BVN Architecture)

International Mental Health Design: Winner, Ferndene Children and Young People’s Centre, UK, (Designed by Medical Architecture); Highly commended, De Hogeweyk, (Designed by mbvda Archutects for veerpleeghuis Hogewey – Vivium Zorggroep)

International Future Health Project: Winner, CIBC Breast Assessment Centre, (Designed by Zeilder Partnership Architects); Highly commended, Vigo’s New Hospital, Spain, (Designed by Vidal y Asociados Arquitectos and J R Losada + VF Couto); and Women and Newborn Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada, (Designed by Parkin Architects in association with Smith Carter for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

International Use of Art in the Patient Environment: Winner, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Art and Healing and Urban Renewal Program, USA, (Created by Aesthetics Inc); Highly commended, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, (Designed by Billard Leece Partnership, Bates Smart and HKS for the Department of Health Victoria); and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust Hydrotherapy Arts Project, (Created by LIME Art)

International Interior Design Project: Winner, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, (Designed by Billard Leece Partnership, Bates Smart and HKS for the Department of Health Victoria); Highly commended, Northwick Park Mental Health Centre, UK, (Designed by Broadway Malyan); and Robina Hospital Expansion, Australia, (Designed by BVN Architecture)

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