Building Better Healthcare


The Building Better Healthcare awards 2011 will be held on 10th November at The Brewery, London.

Although awards are often a chance for an industry to pat itself on the back, I have always followed the BBH awards. The way creative hospital design can influence patient recovery and wellbeing is interesting. And the use of art in healthcare interiors has been found to have a positive effect on the clinical and behavioral outcomes of patients.

The entry deadline has been extended to Friday 17th June at 5.30pm to allow those currently putting together their nominations, or anyone who is yet to start, an additional three weeks to make their case to the judges.

This year the categories have been updated to better reflect the current healthcare marketplace, with a total of 15 trophies up for grabs in five classes: building design, estates and facilities management, patient environment, people, and products.

Birmingham Womens Hospital
Birmingham Womens Hospital Heritage Murals by Woodgate Design

For the first time, there will be entries relating to projects and products completed and marketed within the past three years. Nominations for refurbishment schemes as well as new-build developments will be accepted. I have blogged about healthcare refurbs in the past- with the squeeze on public budgets, refurbishment projects have been an important part of the healthcare sector.

The categories for the 2011 Building Better Healthcare Awards are:
Building Design Category:
     – Award for Best Mental Health Design
     – Award for Best Acute Care Design
     – Award for Best Community Care Design
Estates and Facilities Management Category:
     – Award for Best Response to DH Policy
     – Award for Best Use of Innovative Funding
     – Award for Best Efficiency Savings
Patient environment category:
     – Award for Best Interior Design
     – Award for Best Landscape or External Space
     – Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare
People category:
     – Award for Best Project Team
     – Healthcare Design Champion of the Year
     – Outstanding Achievement Award
Product category:
     – Award for Best Interior Product
     – Award for Best Building Product in Healthcare
     – Award for Best Product to Improve the Patient Pathway

Online entry form for BBH awards 2011


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2 Responses to “Building Better Healthcare”

  1. Jacqui Smith Says:

    Working with my care home clients who provide homes for adults with learning difficulties, I know what a difference the interior schemes can make to both residents and also their families. There is so much more to choose from in the contract fabric and furniture market now – well chosen colours and furniture make all the difference – care homes do not need to look tired and depressing!

  2. Owen Philipson Says:

    Interesting discussion on linkedin about flooring and surface materials suitable for hospitals.

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