Healthy haul of awards for Southmead Hospital’s Brunel building

The Brunel building at Southmead Hospital has scooped four architecture and design awards and is shortlisted for two more.

Brunel building atrium

This week, the hospital landed its latest award, a prestigious national accolade for the Best Acute Hospital Development at the 2017 Building Better Healthcare Awards in London, designed to celebrate the innovation and architecture helping to transform patient care.

This takes the design awards haul to four, having won another national award earlier in the month, the Best New Build Healthcare Building from the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

Earlier this summer, it won a European Healthcare Design Award for Best Healthcare Design over 25,000sqm and it has previously won a Bristol Civic Society Award. It has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the local and national Civic Trust awards. 

In addition to building design, Southmead Hospital also won a Building Better Healthcare People Class award in 2014 for collaboration in creating a great environment through its furnishings design.

At the heart of the 800-bed hospital is a grand public concourse which simplifies access to the wards and departments. Three interlinked atria for the naturally-lit and ventilated concourse with cafes, winter gardens and artwork creating an inspiring environment. The £430m building is the most sustainable major acute hospital in the UK and is designed to support the efficient and sustainable delivery of healthcare.

Tricia Down, Head of Sustainable Health and Capital Planning at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to have picked up two new awards for our Brunel building in the past few weeks. This confirms what we know from the experience of patients, visitors and staff: that the Brunel building and its landscaped grounds offer a wonderful environment for healing and for helping people cope with the challenges of being in hospital. The space also supports our staff to provide the best possible care to our patients.  It’s three years on, and I still get that buzz every time I enter the building.”

Nick Fairham, architect director at BDP’s Bristol office which was responsible for the hospital designs says: “Our brief was to create the best acute hospital in the UK, a high quality, hotel-like experience for patients and an inspiring and supportive workplace for staff. Delivering a successful project of this scale and complexity is very much a partnership between client and architect and these awards are a testament to the close teamwork we managed to achieve through the project.”

Khalid Nawaz, Managing Director of Carillion’s building business said: “The awards recognise the hard work and commitment of those people who have created this state-of-the-art health facility. Carillion is pleased to have played an important part in this project which is transforming healthcare for people in and around Bristol.”

Charles McLeod MBE, Director of The Hospital Company which is contracted to build and maintain the hospital said: “We are delighted the Brunel building has won these new awards and are committed to working in partnership with the North Bristol NHS Trust to ensure that this fabulous facility is maintained to enable the Trust to continue to deliver the very highest standards of care and that the building can evolve as the Trust’s needs change over time.”