The legacy of this project resides as much in the questions it raises as in the designs it has generated. The current edicts in clinical design often result in uninspiring and inefficient spaces that do little to promote good health in either their patients or staff.
How can we design more efficient healthcare buildings that respond to change and create a sense of belonging and optimism? Can buildings offer choice, engender respect in human relationships and accommodate emotions? What happens if these buildings start to connect outwards to the healthy as well as inwards towards the sick?
In order to make a shift away from a culture of architectural and clinical ‘deliverables’ and towards progressive healthcare design we must make buildings that can evolve according to the needs of their users. By putting communities at the forefront of future debates and bringing them into partnerships with architects and policy makers, current orthodoxies about health and the built environment can be challenged and re-invigorated.
This project was completed in April 2016, its findings and recommendations will inform the next phase of the project: a sustainable Health Pavilion in 2017.