Health and wellbeing

An all-inclusive approach to public health is emerging for those planning, building and managing places that affect people's health.

Raines Court

Raines Court
Photo by Michele Turriani

The built environment can be a vital tool in helping tackle health inequalities, from obesity to mental health. It can help us prepare for the challenges of an ageing society, and support the less physically able.

We provide professional advice for public sector clients at the early stages of projects for hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres, and community hospitals. Through our panel of enablers – architects, planners and expert clients – we have advised more than 40 acute and primary care projects over 2002-2010.  

Our design review panel  assesses health projects which will have a significant impact on their surroundings. This includes an impartial peer review of schemes and constructive advice on how designs could best enhance both service delivery and the communities they serve.

We contributed to the Foresight report on obesity, the Marmot reviews of health inequalities and Department of Health policy on public health, notably the Public Health White Paper 2010.

Health and well-being at CABE

Future health: sustainable places for health and well-being

Shows how buildings and places can have a positive impact on public health, how health trusts can cut carbon and costs and how designers can influence people's wellbeing.

Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health

Local green spaces are not being used because of their poor quality, according to our new report.

Homes for our old age

Featuring 10 case studies of housing schemes for older people, each of which offers inventive design and management solutions linking home and social care.

Healthcare publications

Containing advice on creating patient-focused environments and improving health outcomes.

Health and wellbeing case studies

Evaluating of projects and processes that relate to health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Places

Expert advice for local authorities on planning, designing and managing a sustainable place.

Grey to Green campaign

Is it smart that grey infrastructure receives so much investment, given the dangers of climate change and the opportunities to improve public health?