HLM-designed PFI hospital wins major award

30, September, 2009

Not only has The Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire been recognised as a centre of excellence for the treatment of cancer and blood disorders, but it has now been chosen to recieve a leading archtiectural award.

Only completed in November 2008, the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital, which was designed by HLM Archtiects and built at a cost of £42 million, has been selected in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) annual awards for 2009.  The RIBA Awards are given for architectural excellence.

The hospital was procured under the Private Finance Initiative and takes as its design reference the typical East Riding village, which enables it to blend into its surroundings.  While the entrance has been designed to echo a village hall in appearance and scale, wards and outpatient areas are similar in form to residential cottages.

Each of these component areas has a glazed link to its neighbour that lets in natural light as well as providing views across the countryside and of the nine courtyards that separate the buildings.  These courtyards were designed for the benefit of patients and provide the type of tranquil, natural environment that has been proven to have a positive effect both psychologically and physically and aid recovery.

HLM Associate Neil Orpwood, who was in charge of the project, said: “Winning an RIBA Award has made our work on this project doubly worthwhile.  Hospital buildings have to combine hard-edged functionality and efficiency with the less tangible soft-edged qualities that help to create an environment that is conducive to rapid recuperation following treatment.  To have The Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital’s design endorsed in this way is a great honour.”

RIBA President Sunand Prasad said about the 2009 RIBA Award winners: “The RIBA Awards are a thermometer to indicate the state of health of British architecture and for 2009 the results are good: both quality and quantity have been maintained.  This year’s list accurately reflects both the diversity, and the workload of UK architecture, with more schools and health buildings than usual winning awards.  It is particularly heartening to see more schemes that are about regenerating our cities, towns and countryside.  These awards, which are judged on a regional basis, reflect and reward the good things that are going on all across the UK, and they also form the basis of what promises to be another interesting year for the RIBA Stirling Prize.”

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