Design & Construction in Healthcare

Theatre Programme

Each year this theatre is a ‘must attend’ by architects, contractors and clients as it features the latest project case studies, findings from post occupancy evaluation as well as the sharing of best practice in exemplar design and construction.

Supported by Architects for Health, Design in Mental Health Network, ProCure22 and Construction Industry Council/ Design Quality Indicator.

9 October

09.50 – 10.30 Pharmacogenetics and Architecture

Emma Smyth from Cowan Architects has written an academic paper on this topic. Her session in the Design & Construction Theatre will introduce the topic, outlining the future potential and where the current research is focused. She will talk about three distinct phases of change in order to provide an environment where pharmacogenetics has a place within the treatment pathway, including the inclusion of genetics departments alongside pathology and pharmacy services.

This presentation will take a close look at the current service layout, and discuss future design implications for new and existing facilities. She will debate what the use of pharmacogenetics mean for architecture?


Emma Smyth, Project Architect, Cowan Architects

10.45 - 11.05 Chase Farm Hospital; Redesign for an improved patient experience - IBI Group

Chase Farm Hospital is a £150m new build elective are acute hospital based in north London. From a standing start, the scheme has taken just four years from the acquisition of the Chase Farm site in July 2014 by the NHS Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust to a planned opening in autumn 2018.

This presentation will outline the hospital’s complexities, our response to the site and the brief and demonstrate what is possible with strong leadership, clearly defined direction, and a truly collaborative working ethic between disciplines which has allowed us to deliver such a complex building at unprecedented speed within the NHS. Designed as the new ‘ heart’ of the Chase Farm redevelopment briefed to offer a level of service and ambience more like a ’hotel’ than a hospital it is one of the newest and most digitally advanced hospitals in the NHS, with only the third ‘barn theatre’ built in this country. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the latest thinking in healthcare design and procurement methodologies.


Garry Howard, Architect & Studio Director, IBI Group
Stuart Roberts, Architect & Studio Associate, IBI Group

Andrew Panniker, Director – Capital & Estates, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

11.15 - 11.45 The rise of the Hybrid Theatre - P+HS Architects

A summary of P+HS Architects’ recent experience on the design and delivery of Hybrid Theatres including lessons learned and post occupation review.

Focussing on Leicester Hybrid Theatre, the presentation will provide an overview of the design development process, technical guidance and equipment typically specified in a Hybrid Theatre.


Phil Bentley, Director, P+HS Architects. A qualified Architect with over 10 years’ Healthcare experience. Phil has led on the design and delivery of multiple Acute projects for NHS and Private Sector clients across the UK.

12.00 - 12.30 Who are we ... Design in Mental Health Network

Meet the board of the Design in Mental Health Network.  An opportunity to meet the board members and to hear about the work streams and the progress made this year.


Design in Mental Health Network Board

12.30 - 13.00 Modernising mental health in the vale of York

This presentation will provide a narrative on the provision of modern mental healthcare facilities, taking a brief look at the former asylum, Bootham Park Hospital, and providing a case study on the construction of a new 72 bed in-patient hospital for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.


Derek Shepherd, BA Hons BArch PGDip RIBA, Director, P+HS Architects

Derek is a highly experienced healthcare designer and a great advocate of user interaction within the design process. He has delivered in excess of £150m of projects for acute, primary and mental healthcare for both the NHS and private health providers over a period of 18 years. 

Derek’s passion lies in creating architecture that positively impacts on people’s health and well-being; creating inspiring, functional, safe environments that enable the delivery of the very best healthcare. His experience and detailed understanding of the sector has resulted in buildings that deliver on the aspirations of those who commission them.

14.00 - 15.00 European Healthcare Design Awards 2018 Presentation

The European Healthcare Design Awards were handed out at the European Healthcare Design Congress in June. An esteemed panel of judges featuring international researchers, practitioners and policy advisors, who bring specialist multidisciplinary expertise to the specific categories they had a tough time choosing the winners; they reviewed over 100 entries from more than a dozen countries to select their winning projects. Come to this theatre session to get in depth presentations from a number of the winning entries’ designers.

15.10 - 15.35 Gilling Dod Architects Project Case-Study

15.45 - 16.10 Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre - AFL Architects

Hear from the architectural practice behind the exciting new Health and Wellbeing Centre.

Completed this year, the new health centre in Altrincham – an integration of health, social and community space – has already been recognised as a step-change in the approach to NHS primary health care. Not only does the centre bring together 3 GP practices but it also incorporates a library, pharmacy and café within an overall footprint of 2,300sqm.

The new building sits within a complex urban site and within a conservation area. This innovative facility will provide psychological and associated facilities and is intended to relieve pressure on the various local mental.

The expectation is for the wellbeing hub to act as a catalyst for the urban regeneration of the area, integrating sensitively and seamlessly into the town centre as a fundamental pillar of this community.


Sheldon Walsh, Director, AFL Architects

16.30 - 17.00 Well - being: how to build better buildings - North West Construction Hub

The panel discussion will elaborate on well – being aspect of the build environment and it will bring together ideas on how to build much better buildings for the future. The discussion will take the audience on a journey focused on the right buildings for the future taking into account available capital for the NHS and what options are open for health and well-being clients.

Current academic research findings will challenge common knowledge on best ways of increasing utilisation of community facilities. The audience will have a chance to learn about innovative design and using master planning to its full advantage as well as about the role of an intelligent client, design team, contractors and end users in building better buildings for the future.


Joanna Chomeniuk, Frameworks Lead, NWCH


1. Neil Grice, Area Director, North at Community Health Partnerships
2. Mark Bew, Chairman at PCSG, Director at ECS, Chairman at BIM Task Group
3. Jo Kember, Director, Gilling Dod Architects
4. Barney Harle, Head of Major Projects at Manchester City Council
5. Mike Taylor, Business Development Manager F.Parkinson, Former Chairman at FBE.
6. Prof Jason Underwood, School of Built Environment, University of Salford

10 October

09.00 - 10.00 Value of Good Design Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by:

 Medical Architecture welcomes you to start Day 2 with a replenishing networking breakfast.

Meet our team at the Architects for Health stand G17 at 09.00 to start the day with a chat about your plans for the day (and the coming year).

Supported by:

Architects for Health

09.45 - 10.15 'Coming to our senses' Person centred inclusive design

How consultation dictated the design of the Caudwell International Children Centre (CICC). A centre developed for children with disabilities, especially autism, and to deliver a new service combining assessment, early intervention, research and a family care service to support families and children in an efficient way. Achieving service user defined priorities led to design problem solving and a specific focus on acoustics to create a flexible approach to the physical environment. Every element of the building’s design was examined against the specific needs of the users, including door hinges and windows.

The desired outcomes of the clinical service influenced the design, and in turn the opportunities the building offers helped shape the development of the services. The physical environment and the new autism service were developed in synergy to reflect the feedback from the service users.

Having undergone this process to meet the needs of a diverse population it poses the important question; are buildings being designed with all disabilities in mind?


Trudi Beswick, CEO, Caudwell Children

10.30 - 11.00 The challenge we face in designing for cancer research and treatment

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and scientists and clinicians within the UK have helped to double survival in the past 40 years. The research and treatment of cancer in the UK is facilitated by a network of key centres for research and treatment across the country, with ground breaking work being carried out in a range of those facilities. The presentation will explore the latest approaches to the design of buildings that both treat cancer and carry out research for its cure, discussing the importance of loose fit flexibility in the response to the fast changing scientific breakthroughs in both the research and treatment of the disease.


Speaker:  Ged Couser, Principal, BDP Manchester Studio

11.15 - 11.45 Keeping it Simple, Real and Relevant - BIM4Health Presentation

“The digital future of asset management is rapidly advancing and the BIM offering has the potential to add significant value and understanding for capital and operational expenditure programmes. BIM and the Government Soft Landings (GSL) process can help link capital projects with the larger existing estate demands, under pinned and enhanced through digital asset management for long term estate and facility management.

BIM is the adoption of information rich BIM technologies, process and collaborative behaviours that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. A common expression within the BIM world is ‘starting with the end in mind’ in this instance the emphasis is on delivering an asset that improves outcomes for all end-users and operators.  Anecdotally it is accepted that ‘time and quality’ will be improved through the implementation of the BIM/GSL process, during the design and build phase, but the real value will be seen in the long term operational phase of the Asset.”


Karl Redmond, Associate, Rider Levett Bucknall

12.00 - 12.20 The benefits of applying pre-designed and manufacturing
approaches to Healthcare design – Willmott Dixon

We will outline experiences gained from other sectors including education and law and order and how key lessons learned have been transferred to primary and community healthcare design and delivery. Proven designs based on exemplar clinical practice, off site manufacturing and a pre-selected and trusted supply chain provide an efficient product with associated time and cost savings and quality standards that together can benefit NHS buildings.


Tim Carey, National Product Director, Willmott Dixon
Stephanie Brada, Strategic Health Planner, Willmott Dixon

12.30 - 13.00 Living Well with Dementia - IBI Group

50 million people are living with dementia worldwide, 850,000 of them in the UK. The World Health Organisation expects this figure to increase to 150 million by 2050, 2 million in the UK.

Evidence shows that good quality housing and well planned enabling environments can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of someone living with dementia. This session looks at new developments in the technological, physical and sensory interventions which support people diagnosed with dementia to live well with their condition at home, community or hospital.


Wendy de Silva, Mental Health Lead, IBI Group

14.00 - 15.00 ProCure22 Session

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