The European Healthcare Design Congress 2017 was brought to a triumphant, yet poignant, conclusion yesterday (13 June) as the winners of the European Healthcare Design Awards were announced, with the final honour – the Design Champion Award 2017 – given to the Congress’ chair and Architects for Health’s programme director, Susan Francis, who sadly passed away in April.
The Awards shortlist was announced in May, following a hotly contested competition and intensive judging process. It comprised organisations and multidisciplinary project teams that were considered to have achieved paragons of projects, innovations and research, and which will help raise the bar in healthcare design and service delivery in Europe and across the globe. In addition to the aforementioned Design Champion Award, accolades were given in ten categories across primary, community, secondary and tertiary levels of international healthcare provision and delivery.
The coveted Healthcare Design (over 25,000 sqm) award was won by Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital (pictured top), commissioned by North Bristol NHS Trust, and designed by BDP, while in the Healthcare Design (under 25,000 sqm) category, Hoskins Architects were celebrating coming out on top for the Eastwood Health & Care Centre project, commissioned by Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS and East Renfrewshire Council.
Scandinavia was well represented among the winners, with Nya Karolinska Solna (the New Karolinska Solna), commissioned by Stockholm County Council, built by Skanska, and designed by WhiteTengbomTeam AB, picking up the Future Healthcare Design award, sponsored by Integrated Health Projects (IHP); while Wingårdh Arkitektkontor took home the Design for Health and Wellness honour for Vårdcentralen Nötkärnan, Bergsjön, commissioned by Nötkärnan Bergsjön Vårdcentral och BVC.
Other European winners included Nickl & Partner Architekten AG in the Design for Conversion or Infill category, for their project Hospital of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, commissioned by The State of Hesse. And de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects and Engineers were recipients of the Design Innovation for Quality Improvement award for their ‘Reactivating Hospital’ project.
The UK-focused category, ‘NHS Healthcare Design’, saw O’Connell Mahon Architects, in association with Isherwood & Ellis Architects, come out on top for the North West Cancer Centre, commissioned by the Western Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland. IBI Group beat off the competition to take home the Mental Health Design award, for the NHS Ayrshire and Arran commissioned Woodland View, Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine. And the Interior Design and Arts category went to the New Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, commissioned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – an arts project curated by Futurecity, and designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Stantec Architecture.
Finally, the Design Research award, sponsored by Medical Architecture, was presented to an Australian research team of Dr Lucio Naccarella, University of Melbourne, A/Prof Bernice Redley, Deakin University, and Michaela Sheahan, HASSELL. The team was recognised for their research paper, ‘Emergency talks – designing emergency departments to maximise staff communication’.
Organisation and support
The European Healthcare Design Awards 2017 – which were kindly sponsored by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine – celebrate and recognise professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments both in Europe and around the world. Organised by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the awards attracted interest from architects, healthcare leaders, academic researchers and innovative solutions providers from all over the globe. It is intended that they will contribute towards the development of knowledge and standards in the design of healthcare environments around the world.
Full shortlist and judging process
The awards evaluation committee features international researchers, practitioners and policy advisors, who bring specialist multidisciplinary expertise to the specific categories they have been invited to judge. The shortlist and winner of each award are determined by a category chair, supported by two other judges with proven expertise in their field. This robust evaluation methodology ensures a balanced and transparent decision-making process.
The full shortlist of the winners and those highly commended is set out below:
Design Champion Award 2017
Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)
Judges: Diana Anderson, Dochitect, Canada/Intl; Craig Dixon, KD Health, UK; Kate Copeland, Queensland Department of Health, Australia
Healthcare Design (Under 25,000 sqm)
Judges: Jonathan Erskine, European Health Property Network, UK/EU; Ganesh Suntharalingam, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, UK; Charlotte Ruben, White Arkitekten, Sweden
NHS Healthcare Design
Judges: Beatrice Fraenkel, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK; Karin Imoberdorf, Lead Consultants, Switzerland; John Jenner, Consultant, UK
Mental Health Design
Judges: John Cole, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Alice Liang, Montgomery Sisam, Canada; Justin De Syllas, Avanti Architects, UK
Design for Conversion or Infill
Judges: Jim Chapman, Emeritus Professor, Manchester School of Architecture, UK; Jane McElroy, NBBJ, UK; Chris Shaw; Medical Architecture, UK
Design for Health and Wellness
Judges: Dr Liz Paslawsky, Consultant advisor, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, UK/Australia; Helina Kotilainen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Jonathan Wilson, Principal and sector lead, healthcare, Stantec Architecture, UK
Interior Design and Arts
Judges: Pamela Bate, Hopkins Architects, UK; Jacqui Bunce, East and North Hertfordshire CCG, UK
Future Healthcare Design
Judges: Birger Stamso, South Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, Norway; Trisha Down, Southmead Hospital, UK; Warren Kerr, UIA-PHG, Australia
Design Innovation for Quality Improvement
Judges: Ed Matthews, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, UK, Christine Chadwick, GE Healthcare, Canada; Steve Wilcox, Design Science, USA
Judges: Ruzica Bozovic Stamenovic, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Linda Jones, Massey University, New Zealand