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

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 & Citybranch


Sheldon Walsh, Director, AFL Architects
Adam Gross, Citybranch

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


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

09.45 - 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, Cauldwell Children

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

Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre Sponsor – £850 + VAT (5 packages available in total)

  • Logo to feature on walling of the theatre, denoting your company as a sponsor of the Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre
  • Logo to feature in event catalogue denoting your company as sponsor of the Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre
  • Opportunity to distribute promotional material on literature racks outside the Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre
  • Opportunity to place promotional material on seats within the Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre
  • Logo to appear on Design & Construction in Healthcare Theatre related promotional material, and denoted as a sponsor on relevant website pages!


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