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BDP clinches award for redevelopment of Southmead Hospital

Our collaborative and innovative work on Southmead Hospital in Bristol has won a national planning award, with the project praised by judges for its “fantastic approach to health and wellbeing.”

The Bristol and Sheffield studios collaborated on the design of Southmead Hospital’s new 800-bed Brunel Building for North Bristol NHS Trust, which has been recognised in the Design Excellence category of the Planning Awards 2020. 

The Brunel Building is designed to support the efficient and sustainable delivery of healthcare. Built in two phases, the redeveloped site is intended to enable additional ward or technical accommodation to be added without compromising travel time, and includes key worker accommodation, a staff restaurant, a day nursery, community art and performance spaces and an improved road network.

A glazed concourse roof and large windows in patient bedrooms seek to improve connections to the outside while public landscaped areas aim to increase patient and staff wellbeing and new cycle routes link the site to the local community. On completion, the building received a BREEAM Excellent certification for sustainability.

The BDP team has won a string of other awards for its work on Southmead Hospital including the European Healthcare Design Award 2017, the RIBA South West Award 2018 and the RIBA South West Client of the Year for North Bristol NHS Trust 2018.

Bristol studio principal, Nick Fairham, 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 project of this scale and complexity is very much a partnership between client and architect; awards such as this one are testament to the close teamwork and excellent working relationship achieved on this project.

The Southmead Hospital redevelopment delivers a world-class 21st century healthcare facility for the people of Bristol and creates a regional centre of healthcare excellence that responds to the unique character, topography and microclimate of its surroundings.”