Glasgow's New Stobhill Hospital wins Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award
14 October 2010
The pioneering New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, has won this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
New Stobhill Hospital reworks the entire way in which healthcare is delivered. It is the first dedicated ambulatory care and diagnostic facility in Scotland. Medical tests and consultations are carried out on the same day and surgical patients who would normally need an overnight stay are able to go home the same day.
The ethos of ‘patient first’ has governed the hospital’s design, which creates a reassuring, calm environment. Patients and visitors enter a glazed arcade filled with natural light. The building is easy to navigate: the reception is prominent and all departments can be pointed out from it. Vertical circulation is at the centre of the space, with a bold, full-height staircase tower.
Quiet waiting areas overlook larch-clad internal courtyards and artworks are integrated throughout the building. Staff enjoy bright offices and a canteen with a roof terrace commanding views of the Campsie Fells.
The simple structure – a four-storey north treatment block and three-storey linear south consulting block, linked by the arcade – helps the hospital work efficiently. Its steel frame construction with lightweight internal partitioning makes adaptation and extension easy.
The hospital opened in May 2009 and is serving around 400,000 patients a year. Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
‘Services have been designed around the needs of patients to enhance the quality of care and speed up diagnosis and treatment. The hospital has improved the patient experience by providing swifter treatment, with fewer hospital visits, and has enabled staff to work more effectively.’
CABE chief executive Richard Simmons added:
‘New Stobhill Hospital shows the enormous value to the community of investing in high-quality design that delivers more efficient public services.’
Procured under a PFI contract, the hospital was completed on time, with no defects, and has an excellent energy efficiency rating. A collaborative procurement approach and efficient use of space and materials kept the building on budget.
The award is part of the British Construction Industry Awards. It is sponsored jointly by CABE, the Office for Government Commerce and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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- Reiach and Hall Architects
- New Stobhill Hospital
- The winner was announced on the evening on 13 October 2010 at the British Construction Industry Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
- Twenty-one projects were shortlisted for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award:
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
- Bristol Docks phase 1 – floating harbour
- Docklands Light Railway (DLR) three-car enhancement project, London
- Forth Road Bridge main cable project, South Queensferry, Scotland
- Gainsborough flood alleviation scheme, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
- Hafod Eryri, Snowdon Summit, Llanberis, Wales
- The Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
- Junction, Goole, North Yorkshire
- Kentish Town Health Centre, London
- University of Liverpool heating infrastructure project, Liverpool
- Lowther Children’s Centre, Barnes, London
- New Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow
- Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
- Prince’s Gardens halls of residence, Imperial College London
- The Roundhouse Campus, Derby
- Silver Jubilee Bridge (cathodic protection), Runcorn, Cheshire
- Three Mills Lock and water control structures, London
- United Kingdom Supreme Court, London
- Upton Square, Upton Village, Northampton
- Victoria & Albert Museum, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, London
- A40 Western Avenue bridges replacement, London
Details of each of these schemes, and more information about the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, including the judging panel, can be found at: www.betterpublicbuilding.org.uk
- The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award is a special category of the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) and is sponsored jointly by CABE, the Office of Government Commerce and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Now in its 10th year, the award recognises high-quality design and effective delivery, including efficient procurement; economic and social value; good team work between client, designer and contractor; sound financial management and whole-life value for money; and sustainability.
- CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a public body, we encourage policymakers to create places that work for people. We help local planners apply national design policy and offer expert advice to developers and architects. We show public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs of their users. And we seek to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, we work to create well-designed, welcoming places. www.cabe.org.uk
- The Office of Government Commerce is part of the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office. www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk, www.ogc.gov.uk
- The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. www.bis.gov.uk