Integration of Clinical Service is Not Enough

Healthcare is all about integration of services. NORR believes this is not enough; we believe that successful healthcare facilities must do more than merely create a facility for the integration of services within it. We believe strongly that healthcare buildings must integrate architecturally into the local context, become nodes on desire lines of pedestrian circulation between communities and local amenities. NORR believes that the architecture and landscape should draw the community into the facilities, and in parallel, allow services and the delivery of healthcare messages to spill out of individual spaces within buildings to the wider community.

Throughout our work we have several award-winning examples where with our clients’ building design concepts have been developed and delivered where healthcare facilities have become shortcuts for the local community going about their daily business, and in so doing very time they pass through the buildings they are exposed to health and wellbeing opportunities.

Pollok Civic Realm (RIBA award winner), built on the carpark between a health centre and a sports center created a new route from the local housing area, towards a new transport interchange and shopping center. Thereby exposing the population of health and wellbeing every time they use the building as a shortcut.

The Vale Centre for Health and Care created a shortcut to the local hospital from the community, again helping integrate healthcare and community through architecture and landscape.

Maryhill Health and Care Centre, built on a steeply sloped site created an opportunity for the building to become a new and manageable route for the infirm from the neighboring Wyndford estate at the bottom of the site up to the Forth and Clyde Canal and green network linking into the city.

It’s often said that healthcare architects and clinical planners design from the inside out, whilst design architects and urban planners design from the outside in. NORR is interested in closing the circle and exploring the interface between these two approaches; delivering architectural buildings that contribute to their context positively, balancing the requirements of the clinical model, and wider urban and social context.