Paul O'Neill (Director) and Martina Cardi (Associate) at Bryden Wood propelled hospital design in to the future at the 2018 European Healthcare Design congress in London this month.
Bryden Wood's Birmingham hospital for Circle Health will open in 2019 and will become the largest private hospital in Britain. Its expandable and fully adaptable design, that can respond to evolving business and care needs, will fundamentally change the way we design hospitals.
The concept was to start with a 'nucleus' facility that would open immediately to provide care, but be expandable to include entirely new clinical offerings in the future. Six months into construction, the building is now being doubled in size.
A predetermined design grid, which included all repeated rooms, allowed key layouts to be defined early on and gave Circle total flexibiltiy during all design stages to explore limitless different options.
Advanced 3D modelling and virtual prototyping allowed the client to visualise Bryden Wood's proposals early, enabling a quicker sign off process and ensuring we could achieve the highest standard of patient experience.
Paul and Martina suggested a future where expandable healthcare facilities could be created in a more standardised and cost effective way by using a 'platform design' adaptable to various sites, footprints and conditions. The result would be future-proofed facilities built with the most efficient design possible, and with the ability to adapt in shape and materials to respond to their site.
Read the abstract of their talk here.
Attracting 450+ delegates from 30 countries, the 2-day congress, featured over 100 insightful, provocative and stimulating talks, panels and workshops, 75 posters, 3 parallel study tours, and 26 awards recognising the best in class in healthcare design around the world.
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