BUILDING BETTER HEALTHCARE
Hospitals are facilities that help medical staff in the efcient delivery of quality healthcare and provide a positive environment for speedy patientrecovery. Good building design can provide more efcient facilities and abetter environment for both staff and patients.
This publication examines the role of concrete construction in the current hospital development programmeto provide additional effective, high quality healthcare to meet the nation’s growing and changing needs. Itaims to inform decision makers in the procurement process about areas where concrete construction can helpimprove the function, value and whole life cost of the facility.A major government initiative is underway to provide 100 new hospital buildings by 2010. To meet thisambitious target and also ensure best value, the plan is being funded by a mixture of public, private and localNHS trust capital, with procurement under the Private Public Partnership, often involving ProCure21, PFIand DBFO. These aim to promote better capital procurement and improve the service to patients through apartnering programme between the NHS and the private sector. Construction partnerships will often designthe facilities and be nancially involved with their operation and maintenance. This will help secure high-quality designs and earlier access to new facilities, and ensure best value, both from initial and whole life costperspectives.Recent research has conrmed that good design creates the best environment for patients, staff and visitors,which promotes effective services and speedier recovery, resulting in more efcient use of resources. The design,construction and operation of new facilities is now formally assessed using a variety of measures – not justnancial – encouraging more considered and holistic design and construction processes and better value solutions.The new buildings will have to satisfy a range of complex and often conicting needs, including the exibilityto accommodate not only changes in demand, healthcare procedures, IT and working methods but also newlyemerging issues such as cross-infection and MRSA, daylighting, natural ventilation and sustainability.
Romford New Hospital: oor plan (level 3) showing the central core servicing the ward towers.Concrete framed ward tower under construction.