Reiach and Hall Architects' new P3 hospital in Glasgow centres around efficiency for staff, patients and the environment
New Stobhill Hospital is the first of its type to open in Scotland and re-works the entire way in which healthcare is delivered. The brief is that of a true ACAD and the ethos is that the patient comes first; all medical consultations / treatment should be carried out on the same day on the same site.
Procured under PPP, £65m New Stobhill serves around 2,000 patients a day, has over 20 departments and carries out around 85% of the work of a traditional general hospital. The design has been carefully developed to provide a supportive framework throughout the patient journey within an architecture embedded not only in its location but in the psyche of its community. The ambition of the art, poetry and architecture is to lighten the hospital experience, to convert endured time into reflective time. Text and colour works, projections, drawings, landscaped courtyards and cool north light are central to this innovative project.
The patient enters a full length, full height, daylit public arcade with an exit visible ahead, easing the transition. The reception is immediately visible, from it the entrance to any department can be pointed out and reached without passing through a door. All vertical circulation is at the centre of the space. The project has realised new opportunities for engagement with the adjacent Springburn Park and the local community.
The design delivers flexible and adaptable clinical and staff environments. It maximises general rather than specialist space and uses construction capable of alteration and extension. Environmentally, energy efficiency has been wholeheartedly embraced. A NEAT Rating of 'Excellent' was achieved. Efficient automated lighting systems and a generous use of daylight minimise energy consumption. Ventilation re-heat exchangers recycle waste heat. During construction 65% of waste materials were recycled. A SEPA approved underground honeycomb 'suds system' environmentally controls flood water.
Architecture Minister John Penrose said of the new hospital: "This is an outstanding achievement by everyone involved with the New Stobhill Hospital project. Their success, in a really strong field, shows once again the huge impact that investment in high-quality design and really efficient procurement can make to people's lives. These principles should continue to be taken up in all future public building."