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BDP wins seven healthcare design awards

Our interdisciplinary healthcare teams have taken home a combined total of seven awards from the Building Better Healthcare awards for projects completed in 2020 and 2021.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool won both the best project over £10 million and the best interior design awards.  The Grange University hospital in Cwmbran also picked up the best modular healthcare facility award and a separate prize for building design class.



The big winner was our design for six emergency NHS Nightingale hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which took home the best project team and the best Covid-19 building design project.

The six combined projects also received praise from doctors and nurses as they received the Clinician's Choice award with Dr Peter Carter calling the work “a stand-out achievement which enabled clinicians to deliver first class frontline care at a time it was needed most.”

In April 2020, to help the UK national effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic and respond to the shortfall of ICU beds, we undertook a study proposing the conversion of large scale event venues into temporary ICU facilities.  This led to the conversion of the 115,000 sqm ExCeL conference centre at London Docklands into the nation’s first NHS Nightingale temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients.  Collaborating with clinicians, consultants, contractors, the ExCeL FM team and the British Army, the first 500 beds were ready in just nine days.

We were then approached to lead on the design of five other NHS Nightingale Hospitals in Birmingham, Manchester, Harrogate, Bristol and Cardiff.

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Principal, James Hepburn, said: “Delivering emergency hospitals in exhibition centres and stadiums was unprecedented, so our healthcare design teams had to draw on their previous extensive experience of designing world-leading hospitals across the UK. We are so happy that the dedication and hard work of our teams and those we collaborated so closely with has been recognised in this way.”