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Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


Location Client Cost Awards
Birmingham, UK University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust £582m 5

Project details

Hospital sets new teaching and healing standards.

We developed an ‘ideal hospital’ concept through intensive consultation with patients, visitors, staff and the trust’s clinical review groups.

We also analysed the trust’s clinical care model, developing ‘disease groupings’ to cut patients’ movement around the hospital and reduce the number of healthcare professionals they have to meet during their stay.

The findings enabled us to design a compact hospital with distinct, efficient realms for the public, patients, staff and services.

Meanwhile, our masterplan created a green, open hospital campus featuring characterful quarters and a public plaza.


  • design a 1231-bed acute teaching hospital
  • create an accident and emergency department, specialist burns and transplant wards, decontamination suite, operating theatres plus four separate specialist mental healthcare units (two offsite)
  • masterplan the site


  • a regional centre of clinical excellence
  • extended patient-staff contact time
  • privacy and dignity for patients
  • better environment for staff, local residents and wildlife
  • RIBA Regional Award 2012, RICS Regional Award 2012 (Design and Innovation Winner & Project of the Year), LABC Building Excellence Award 2011, Constructing Excellence West Midlands Award 2011 (Project of the Year)

Integrated services

masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, acoustics