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Monday 07 Jul 2014

Diverse shortlist for WAN Healthcare Award

We are always eager for the Healthcare award results here at WAN AWARDS, and this year did not disappoint. Making the selection of the shortlisted six projects from the line-up were our esteemed panel of jurors:

Judge Tom Lloyd, Director at PearsonLloyd, a leading innovator in industrial design, had a sharp eyes for projects that responded to the shifting and future patterns of contemporary life. Judges Laura Lee, Maggies Cancer Caring Centres and Duane Passman, Director of 3T's Hospital Redevelopment where both able to offer insight from their broad patient focused knowledge of hospital and clinic design.

John Hicks, Director, AECOM Global Heath, brought an expertise on deliverability of projects to the judging panel whilst Paul Monaghan, AHMM and Brian Spence, BAM Architecture Studio, delivered criticisms and insight on architectural intention and overall success of projects. The range of disciplines and expertise present on the panel meant that more factors were taken into account than would be expected from a traditional architecture awards.

The long list consisted of 34 projects from over 20 different countries around the world with varying scales, budgets and purposes. This award aims to champion and celebrate those projects that embrace the client’s brief and enhance the patient experience through considered design. To view the full longlist gallery for the award this year, click here.

In alphabetical order the six finalists are as follows:

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Ballarat, Australia - Billard Leece Architects

This ambitious extension to an existing building contained treatment rooms and office space. Meeting the existing red brick building to form a light and experimental atrium, not all the jurors were swayed easily upon initial inspection but Brian Spence commented that ‘the gesture to the existing roof was well done’ which opened up the floor for discussion. Duane Passman was particularly impressed with the interior detailing of the treatment rooms and John Hicks commented that ‘it is evident by looking at the floor plan that the patient issues have been considered’. Billard Leece worked closely with the Ballarat Health Services in developing a brief that recognises treatment of an individual, encourages the community to be better informed about detection, treatment, recuperation prevention and survivorship.

Beaumaris Dental, Victoria, Australia - Demaine Partnership

The judges where impressed by this bespoke modernist dentist surgery that was as crystalline and accurate as the procedures that supposedly go on inside with Paul Monaghan describing the project as ‘pretty ambitious and well put together’. As much praise should go to the ambitions of the clients as the architects themselves. During the construction of this project the dental market took a little dip, but the Beaumaris Dental practice actually saw a dramatic increase in their intake that year, and it is easy to see why they may have drawn more attention than the competition.

ORTUS, London, United Kingdom - Duggan Morris Architects

Really an educational building within a healthcare campus, ORTUS didn’t have to deal with the restraints of architecture dealing with patient treatments. That said, it is a beautiful building. Every detailing decision forms a restrained pallet of coherent elements that are composed with skilful elegance. The judges acknowledged it was one of the finest buildings of the year in all categories, the only elements that counted against it were programmatic. The judges felt that treatment should be central to a healthcare award. Laura Lee highlighted the Mental Healthcare usage rather than ‘in-patient’, and the project was shortlisted.

Meander Medical Centre, Amersfoort, Netherlands - atelier PRO architekten

The Meander Medical Centre is a large hospital complex of over 100,000 sq m and the judges were quick to point out the sheer scale and level of accomplishment that entailed in comparison to a few of the other projects. Paul Monaghan stated that ‘it’s a completely different challenge’ referring to the size of the hospital and the design and engineering that would go into a project like this. Laura Lee and Duane Passman both commented on it being a great achievement that maintained patient focus of a larger scale than most.

Residence for the Sisters of St Joseph, Toronto, Canada - Shim-Sutcliffe Architects 

The judges were unanimously in praise of this hugely impressive retirement home for the sisters of St Joseph. Its Alto-like plan turned an institutional building into a delightful and varied sequence of changing experiences. Water, light, materials and reflections are all employed with ingenious skill to deliver a wonderfully bespoke home. Duane Passman noted that this project ‘certainly has integrity’ and John Hicks added that the ‘interiors are good also. They are pushing the edges of design’.

St Olav’s Hospital, Knowledge Centre, Trondheim, Norway - The Nordic Office of Architecture and Ratio Arkitekter

This new build education centre sits within an existing hospital complex in northern Norway. The judges recognised a sophisticated bespoke building that addressed all sides of the site. A perforated façade described, as ‘integrated art’ was experimental and environmentally appropriate to the light levels in such latitude.

A huge thank you to all those involved, and to all those who entered. We will be announcing the winners of the completed, unbuilt and best hospital upgrade project in a few weeks’ time.

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