The curtain came down on the European Healthcare Design Congress 2018 yesterday (12 June) in traditional style, with a ceremony to celebrate the winners of the European Healthcare Design Awards.
The Awards shortlist was announced in May, following a hotly contested competition and intensive judging process. It comprised organisations and multidisciplinary project teams that the judges considered to have achieved shining examples of design projects, innovations and research in healthcare, and which will help raise the bar in healthcare design and service delivery in Europe and across the globe.
Accolades were given in ten categories across primary, community, secondary and tertiary levels of international healthcare provision and delivery. This year featured, for the first time, an award for Health and Life Sciences Design, while the final award of the evening – the only individual honour – was the inaugural Susan Francis Design Champion Award. This award was renamed this year in honour of Architects for Health’s late programme director, Susan Francis – a driving force of the Congress in its first few years – who sadly passed away in April 2017.
The coveted Healthcare Design (over 20,000 sqm) award, sponsored by Guldmann, was won by Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, in the UK. Commissioned by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, the facility was designed by TODD Architects, with Hall Black Douglas.
The Ugandan Maternity Unit at Kachumbala Health Centre 3, designed by HKS Architects and EFOD, scooped the Healthcare Design (under 20,000 sqm) prize, as well as the Design for Health and Wellness award.
The new Health and Life Sciences Design Award was won by the London-based Francis Crick Institute, which was designed by HOK with PLP Architecture, while an incredibly competitive Future Healthcare Design category, sponsored by Integrated Health Projects, saw the Hospital of “Île de Nantes”, new healthcare district of Nantes, in France, take home the top prize. Commissioned by le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes, this project has been designed by Art & Build Architects in collaboration with Pargade Architectes, Artelia, and Signes Paysage.
Other European winners were Psykiatrisygehus i Vejle (Mental Health Hospital in Vejle), Denmark. Commissioned by the Region of Syddanmark, Denmark, the facility, designed by Arkitema Architects, was awarded the Mental Health Design prize. In the Netherlands, the COACH – Centre for Overweight Adolescent and Children’s Healthcare, commissioned by Maastricht UMC+ and designed by Tinker imagineers, won the Interior Design and Arts category.
Another Dutch winner, this time in the Innovation for Quality Improvement category, was the High-Risk Pregnancy Toolkit, commissioned by the Philips Foundation, and developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Philips Design.
The final project award, Design for Adaptation and Transformation, was presented to Steffian Bradley Architects for the UK-based The Halo, commissioned by Health Services Laboratories.
The Design Research award, sponsored by Medical Architecture, was presented to Drs Rebecca McLaughlan PhD and Stephanie Liddicoat-Ocampo PhD, from the University of Melbourne, for their co-authored paper: ‘Agency in the paediatric hospital: architectural strategies to support independence and empowerment’.
The final award of the evening – the relaunched Susan Francis Design Champion Award – was won by esteemed healthcare architect Bas Molenaar (pictured above, centre), who has taught Healthcare Architecture at Technical University Eindhoven for a number of years. His design portfolio includes OLVG in Amsterdam, the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht and the internationally awarded Tony Moleapaza Children’s Hospital in Arequipa, Peru. One of his most recent designs is the new Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.
Organisation and support
The European Healthcare Design Awards 2018 – 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. 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:
Healthcare Design (Over 20,000 sqm)
Lead judge: Marte Lauvsnes, Sykehusbygg, Norway
Panel judges: Tricia Down, North Bristol NHS Trust, UK; Ganesh Suntharalingam, Intensive Care Society, UK
Healthcare Design (Under 20,000 sqm)
Lead judge: Liesbeth Van Heel, senior policy advisor, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Netherlands
Panel judges: Coen van den Wijngaart, Art & Build, Belgium; Hank Adams, HDR, USA
Mental Health Design
Lead judge: Jonathan Erskine, European Health Property Network, UK
Panel judges: Alice Liang, Montgomery Sisam, Canada; Mungo Smith, MAAP, Australia
Interior Design and Arts
Lead judge: Alexandra Coulter, director, Arts & Health South West, UK
Panel judges: Vivienne Reiss, arts consultant, UK; Pam Bate, Hopkins Architects, UK
Future Healthcare Design
Lead judge: Cliff Harvey, director, Union of International Architects Public Health Group, Canada
Panel judges: Yvonne Lim, MoHH, Singapore; Hieronimus Nickl, Nickl & Partner, Germany
Design for Adaptation and Transformation
Lead judge: Visiting Professor Jim Chapman, Manchester School of Architecture, UK
Panel judges: Chris Shaw, Medical Architecture, UK; Jane McElroy, NBBJ, UK
Design Innovation for Quality Improvement
Lead judge: Jonathan West, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, UK
Panel judges: Christine Chadwick, GE Healthcare, Canada; Danny Gibson, MJ Medical, UK
Design for Health and Wellness
Lead judge: Dr Liz Paslawsky, consultant advisor, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, Australia
Panel judges: Helina Kotilainen, architect, Finland; Jonathan Wilson, Stantec, UK
Health and Life Sciences Design
Lead judge: David Powell, development director, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK
Panel judges: Karin Imoberdorf, Lead Consultants, Switzerland; Tye Farrow, Farrow Partnership Architects, Canada
Lead judge: Dr John Zeisel, president, Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Care, USA
Panel judge: Dr Göran Lindahl PhD, Chalmers, Sweden; Tampere University of Technology, Finland
The Susan Francis Design Champion Award
Winner: Bas Molenaar