New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City has won two awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects East Awards .
The innovative hospital won the RIBA Building of the Year for Hertfordshire, as well as the RIBA East Sustainability Award.
Architects Penoyre & Prasad accepted the awards at a ceremony held at St. John’s College, Cambridge on 14th April.
The awards are in recognition of the outstanding design of the hospital, which provides a welcoming and therapeutic healthcare environment with a large courtyard garden adjacent to the waiting areas. The building also achieves high environmental and energy efficiency standards with a green roof, photovoltaic panels and solar thermal water heating among its eco-friendly features.
New QEII Hospital integrates acute and primary care, securing the future of vital services close to patients’ homes. The facility provides a range of health services, including an Urgent Care Centre, diagnostic facilities, breast clinic and a child health zone.
The project was developed with Community Health Partnerships (CHP) as the 40% public investor in the LIFT Company Assemble Community Partnerships - a Public Private Partnership between CHP and Guildhouse UK Ltd. CHP is the Head Tenant with overall responsibility for the management of the property
The awards are further recognition for the hospital, which was ‘highly commended’ in two categories at the Building Better Healthcare awards last year.
The New QEII Hospital will now go forward as a contender for the RIBA National Awards, the winners of which will be announced on 23 June 2016.