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Southmead Hospital awards haul

This week, Southmead Hospital in Bristol landed its latest award; a prestigious national accolade for the Best Acute Hospital Development at the 2017 Building Better Healthcare Awards in London, designed to celebrate the innovation and architecture helping to transform patient care.

This takes the design awards haul to four, having won another national award earlier in the month, the Best New Build Healthcare Building from the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

Earlier this summer, it won a European Healthcare Design Award for Best Healthcare Design over 25,000sqm and it has previously won a Bristol Civic Society Award. It has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the local and national Civic Trust awards.

At the heart of the 800-bed hospital is a grand public concourse which simplifies access to the wards and departments. Three interlinked atria for the naturally-lit and ventilated concourse with cafes, winter gardens and artwork creating an inspiring environment. The £430m building is the most sustainable major acute hospital in the UK and is designed to support the efficient and sustainable delivery of healthcare.

Tricia Down, Head of Sustainable Health and Capital Planning at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to have picked up two new awards for our Brunel building in the past few weeks, which confirm what we know from the experience of patients, visitors and staff: the Brunel building and its grounds offer a wonderful environment for healing and for helping people cope with the challenges of being in hospital. The space also supports our staff to provide the best possible care to our patients. It’s three years on, and I still get that buzz every time I enter the building.”

Nick Fairham, architect director at BDP’s Bristol office which was responsible for the hospital designs says: “Our brief was to create the best acute hospital in the UK, a high quality, hotel-like experience for patients and an inspiring and supportive workplace for staff. Delivering a successful project of this scale and complexity is very much a partnership between client and architect and these awards are a testament to the close teamwork we managed to achieve through the project.”

 

We are delighted to have picked up two new awards for our Brunel building in the past few weeks, which confirm what we know from the experience of patients, visitors and staff: the Brunel building and its grounds offer a wonderful environment for healing and for helping people cope with the challenges of being in hospital. The space also supports our staff to provide the best possible care to our patients. It’s three years on, and I still get that buzz every time I enter the building.

Tricia Down, Head of Sustainable Health and Capital Planning, North Bristol NHS Trust