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Architect of the Year shortlist for Healthcare team

10 September 2010



Capita Architecture has been shortlisted in the Healthcare category at the 2010 Architect of the Year Awards for its work on the following projects:

Royal Victoria Critical Care Centre Phase 2B
The new critical care centre, based on the Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conneticut, will be the first one of its kind in the UK.

Capita Architecture has worked with Royal Victoria Hospital for 15 years on five different projects after successfully winning an architectural design competition and being appointed under a Performance Related Partnering contract for the redevelopment of Northern Ireland’s leading hospital.

Developed in three phases, the current phase 2B (£140m) is the Critical Care Centre. It is based on the Griffin Hospital which provides personalised, humanistic, consumer-driven healthcare in a healing environment, while empowering individuals to be actively involved in decisions affecting their care and well-being.

Whiston Hospital
Capita Architecture’s design for this complex existing site is based on the complete reprovision of all main clinical services and wards by relocating A&E and all other clinical functions into a single new building. The innovative approach has removed the constraint of trying to optimise clinical relationships with the departments based in the existing accommodation. This is further illustrated in the team’s innovative approach to ward design which reconciles the privacy and dignity issues of consumerism with the need for staff observation.

Downe Hospital, Downpatrick
The £64m Downe Hospital was a winner in the Northern Ireland category at the 2010 RIBA Awards. The hospital’s sublime setting provided the ideal backdrop in which to develop ‘Healing by Design’, Capita Architecture’s concept that takes hospital design away from being just clinically functional and incorporates an understanding of the positive effects nature and environment can have on improving patient care. The design concept of this hospital has been inspired by the extensive research which has proven that the psychological aspects of your environment can reduce stress, speed up recovery, reduce the dosage of pain killers and reduce anxiety.

St Helen’s Diagnostic & Treatment Centre
This £100m DTC signals the future for a significant proportion of modern healthcare provision, acting as an outpatients-style treatment centre rather than a 24/7 hospital. It is designed around a dramatic central atrium which makes the whole building intuitively easy to understand and navigate around, while being welcoming for patients and sympathetic to the local townscape.

St Helen’s DTC also heralds a new style of building that will revolutionise the UK healthcare construction industry. It features a number of innovative building methods such as the off-site construction of bathrooms and a pioneering building shell manufacturing process. These new initiatives have delivered time savings on the construction programme while also raising the quality of the finishes and construction.

The competition’s judges will now undertake site visits before the winners are announced on Thursday 04 November at a special awards ceremony at the London InterContinental, Park Lane.