Last month the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009 were announced, to celebrate and reward the very best in healthcare building projects, product design and estates and facilities management with one ultimate goal – to improve the patient experience.
The Award for the Best Interior Design went to the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCLH, by Nightingale Associates.
A spokesman for the design team said: “The fresh and contemporary interior design creates a striking contrast with the traditional exterior and enhances beautiful original interior features, restoring the most intricate of original detail including the coving, skirting and stone floor tiles.”
Additional features include a staff rest area designed to resemble a street café, open-plan communal corridors accommodating informal meeting places and a hotdesk facility for external consultants. The spokesman said: “Use of natural light was maximised by setting the ceilings as high as possible and the rooflight was replaced. Internal glazing was then used to allow light deeper into the rooms.”
A full list of details on the awards is available at Building Better Healthcare.