The New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City has added a national award to its growing collection.
The New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City has added a national award to its growing collection. Judges at the Royal Institute of British Architects awards on Thursday (June 23) said:
“It was obvious to the jury that the new facility has been taken on by the staff and occupied in a way that indicates they are proud of this building. Some might say that moving from old and tired facilities would automatically create a sense of ownership and pride, but this is not always the case in this most important sector of work and the jury felt that the skill of the architect in incorporating the technical requirements in a way that makes the building as stress free as possible is a fabulous achievement.”
RIBA National Awards are given to buildings across the UK which are recognised as making significant contributions to architecture.
The £30 million New QEII hospital opened in May 2015 and provides a purpose-built, modern environment for the services that local people use most often, including an Urgent Care Centre for minor illnesses and injuries, ante-natal services, cancer treatments, outpatients, CT and MRI scanners, physiotherapy, speech and language therapies, an endoscopy suite and a child zone which is a purpose-built area for children’s outpatients services.
Jacqui Bunce, Associate Director, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“When we were planning the New QEII, we held a series of public events and a clear message from those discussions was that people wanted an environmentally friendly building that they could be proud of. We are really pleased that the design and details within the New QEII have been recognised not only regionally but now nationally by RIBA with these awards. The NHS team worked hard with the architects and building partners to look at every aspect of the design to ensure that it provides the space to deliver high-tech, high-quality services for patients in the most sustainable way.”
Dr Hari Pathmanathan is a Welwyn GP and Chair of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. He said:
“This hospital is an excellent resource for local residents who are now able to be treated in a welcoming, bright and spacious environment. The opportunity to design and plan local healthcare services around the needs of patients has been challenging but also a great privilege.”
Andrew Meakin, Regional Property Director, Community Health Partnerships (CHP)* said:
“We are absolutely delighted that this state of the art building has been recognised as one of the best in the country. The New QEII Hospital is one of the 305 integrated health centres CHP have in England, representing the best of the NHS estate. We pride ourselves on our commitment to delivering high quality buildings, providing first rate health services to patients closer to home. This innovative building will serve the local community for years to come.”
In April this year, the building won one of 12 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East 2016 awards and the RIBA East Sustainability award.
“We are absolutely delighted that this state of the art building has been recognised as one of the best in the country.”Andrew Meakin, Regional Property Director, Community Health Partnerships