Architectural Practice of the Year


FWP has a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.

We have a successful track record of delivering NHS projects across the North West over the last 25 years with numerous health Trusts. With a dedicated team of specialists for acute and mental health work we are able to deliver refurbishment and new build projects to a high standard with patient care and wellbeing as our number one priority.

The past 12 months we have continued to demonstrate our commitment to the health care sector with a varied portfolio of projects from mass vaccine centres to state of the art CAMHS units.

Below is a selection of our projects from the previous 12 months.

Wesham Rehabilitation Centre

The new “community facing rehabilitation service” is based in the fully refurbished building which includes a modern, part clad entrance area extension and which will include 28 en-suite bedrooms, therapy rooms, lounges, garden space and ‘masterchef’ kitchen.

There are therapy areas and expansive gardens including vegetable growing spaces with therapy areas making full use of the site which has had input from local support groups to ensure the new residents can make the most of the site with external designs by Urban Green. TACE we commissioned to deliver the M&E design delivering a low carbon and energy efficiency approach with the new heating and lighting.

Vaccination Centres

FWP have delivered all of the mass vaccination sites for Lancashire and South cumbria, albeit these began at the end of 2020 they continue to expand, evolve and change location. Working as a close team for speedy and cost effective delivery of all the centres using materials already housed in NHS stores has allowed for a low carbon approach in recycling of materials.

Sleep Pods

Frontline NHS staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals are benefiting from state-of-the-art pods to enable them to catch up on much-needed sleep after long shifts.

The pods will offer clinical staff at Royal Preston Hospital a peaceful and relaxing space before either returning to work or driving home safely.

CAMHS Centre

FWP are currently on site with a £2million refurbishment of a council office block to house a new CAMHS facility for the area. With a new air source heat pump system and a real emphasis on renewables and sustainable products this facility will be a demonstrate the Trusts commitment to environmentally friendly design.

The new centre has had service users and the staff as the number one priority from the outset with numerous service engagement meetings and will deliver a centre that is far detached from other CAMHS and NHS facilities the children and staff have been in before.

For a project that has been almost fully designed via Teams meetings it will be testament to new models of working.

ONE Creative Environments

Sterile Services Department (SSD), Aseptic Pharmacy and Office Space, Adanac Health & Innovation Campus

Objectives 2021/2022:

Having completed the masterplan, ONE was commissioned by Prime and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to deliver the main building to relocate support services and invest in Southampton for medical excellence. IHSS appointed ONE to design the SSD.

Outcome: Submitted to planning via a reserved matters application, there were many workflows to consider for the movement of: clean and dirty goods, consumables, and people to avoid cross contamination (with offices also on the third floor).

Clean room and sterile conditions were critical for:

  • The ground floor SSD: working 24-hours a day to receive and return processed/cleaned/repackaged equipment to hospital operating theatres
  • First floor aseptic pharmacy: medicines and intravenous consumables will be packed here, for use/dispensing at the hospital.


Ewan Forsyth, Development Director at Prime, said: “UHS delivers exceptional standards of care for the region. By freeing up space on the hospital site and being served by an outstanding new SSD and aseptic pharmacy, the Trust will be supported to continue improving services for the county in a time of ever-increasing demand.”

Community Hospital, Forest of Dean

Objectives 2021/2022: to design, and receive planning consent, for a new community hospital that will efficiently alleviate pressure on acute hospitals and provide integrated care systems to transform local health provision.

Outcome:  With planning consent received in March 2022, and despite Global challenges due to price rises, work has commenced on the BREEAM Excellent new hospital in 2022.

Replacing two older buildings (Dilke Memorial Hospital and Lydney Community Hospital), infrastructure will be modernised to enable sustainable high-quality in-patient and outpatient services and a central focus within the community.

Falklands Islands

Objectives 2021/2022: commence construction on the Falkland Islands’ first purpose built extra care centre, Tussac House, and to vastly progress Phase One of the modernisation and extension of King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH): the islands’ only hospital.


Tussac House: is a third of the way through the construction process and on track for completion in 2023. The foundation slab and drainage is complete and the first phase of timber frame erected. The first fix M&E and Fit Out on Phase 1 commences at the start of July.

KEMH: The imaging suite with CT scanners is complete (previously patients needed to be flown to the UK for treatment) as is the dental refurbishment project, Physiotherapy, SALT and admin relocation. Construction is commencing on the pathology laboratory, and the pharmacy extension has been reviewed and designed.

Digital Estates for Facilities Management

Objectives 2021/2022: Launch ONE’s Digital Twin solution that combines the Internet of Things (IoT)  with Building Information Models (BIM) – a gamechanger for NHS Facilities Management and the Drive for Net Zero.

Outcome: ONE TwinVis provides access to integrated data and visual intelligence enabling the efficient management of built assets and the ability to make meaningful interventions for: decarbonisation, energy management, reduced risk/costs, enhanced compliance, and improved wellbeing for users. You cannot manage what you cannot measure!

P+HS Architects

Hardworking, committed to its clients and delivering on its promises, P+HS Architects is a steadfast partner within healthcare. Our record over the last 12 months speaks volumes: 150+ live healthcare projects 85% repeat clients 25 different NHS Trusts across the UK £200,000,000 (approx.) combined capital value of projects.

We are ambitious in our design, reaching for the best on every project and encouraging clients to aim high, but we balance ambition with real life, buildability, and affordability. P+HS are not just ‘paper architects’ we get things built making the real purpose of healthcare design – benefiting staff and patients – a reality. Great healthcare design delivers on many levels. Of course, it’s supremely functional, safe, cost effective, sustainable, and timely, but truly successful design connects with people: inspiring confidence in a service, providing a calm and therapeutic environment, or creating delight, interest and diversion, responding to the diverse needs of patients, visitors, and staff.

Getting these human details right comes from years of experience and from meaningful engagement with a host of stakeholders, understanding their needs and desires, and together refining proposals as a team with equal voice in the design process. “when I walked in, I thought, you know what? They can really do something for me here” Patient at Cumbria’s new Cancer Centre “We spent a lot of time initially discussing workflow and how patients and staff needed to move around the building and we can see now we are in how the architects really listened to our requirements” “Staff and patients have all commented on how well designed the centre is and the extra touches that have made it feel less clinical and more welcoming” Suzanne Stanley Whether a rapid fast track new build Day Treatment Centre helping to alleviate elective care backlog, a rolling programme of upgrade and refurb for diagnostics, remodelling to create spaces for isolation, primary care that serves communities, mental healthcare that supports recovery or a brand-new state of the art cancer centre we apply the same expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment. “P+HS have always displayed a client focussed commitment…and importantly – they worked with us, rather than for us”. Michael Collins Our work reaches beyond projects though.

As a Practice we are constantly looking ahead, evolving to meet the future needs of the healthcare sector and our wider communities. Recent non -project achievements: Carbon Reduction Plan published Pathway to Sustainability roadshows 17 students supported to progress architectural careers 200+ hours mentoring, and education outreach delivered Student Awards for Architects for Health sponsorship Knowledge sharing within sector DQI for Health accreditation contributing to ongoing design quality improvement within the sector.

Promoting staff work life balance and mental wellbeing P+HS Architects are worthy of the Architectural Practice of the Year award not just for its body of high-quality healthcare work across all project types large and small, but for its ongoing commitment to improvement and the future sustainability and wellbeing of the sector for generations to come.

DAY Architectural

DAY Architectural Ltd is a specialist in the design and delivery of healthcare projects. We continue to support a wide variety & scale of NHS projects. We are involved in two major hospital redevelopment projects: the new Greater Manchester Major Trauma Hospital, at Salford Royal Hospital, and the continued expansion of Royal Oldham Hospital. Alongside the new Emergency Department redevelopment and expansion projects at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Arrowe Park Hospital and Leighton Hospital.

We are also heavily invested in providing key services for the Community Diagnostic Hub with projects covering Oldham, Clatterbridge and Manchester. We also support elective surgical backlog cases, by delivering 2no. regional hubs to provide additional Theatres & Recovery capacity. Live projects include 4 Theatres at Clatterbridge General Hospital and 2 Theatres + Recovery Suite at Royal Bolton Hospital.

These fast-track projects are being developed utilising off-site volumetric modern methods of construction, a field of expertise as designers we are becoming more experienced with. Our design approach is centric to delivering exemplar facilities which offer enhanced patient wellbeing outcomes.

We continue to grow our research & development team, undertaking studies and analysis on design considerations and techniques which deliver improved and enhanced patient outcomes. We lead post project evaluation studies across all of our completed healthcare projects, to attain feedback from patients and staffing groups on their experiences of environments we have designed and delivered. This feedback is captured and shared in design workshops to help develop our understanding of what works well and what doesn’t.

We always strive to develop and grow our knowledge base. We are committed to the delivery of net zero carbon projects and delivering more sustainable, energy efficient buildings. As part of our work with the National Hospitals Programme on the new Greater Manchester Major Trauma Centre and new developments at Royal Oldham Hospital, these new facilities are being designed towards NZC standards.

The lessons we are learning are key to us understanding further, how such techniques, technologies, design responses can be adopted and applied across future projects. We also take sustainability and carbon reduction seriously and hold ISO 14001 accreditation in response to our procedures and processes in this regard. Despite our continued growth and expansion, with employee levels now reaching 85, we remain flexible, pragmatic and responsive in our approach. Our health team is currently 38 strong.

We are extremely proud of our home-grown talent, 9 of our Manchester team joined the practice as Part 2 students and have successfully passed their Part 3. We are proud to nurture the architects and designers of the future. We have invested substantially in new technology to support remote working and our ability to effectively communicate, engage and interact with our clients.

The use of BIM360, Lumion 11, VR Tech, MS Teams, Zoom and other platforms has ensured we can deliver first class engagement and interaction with our clients and consultants. We are engaged on over 100 projects currently in support of the NHS & Private Healthcare Sector.