HLM Architects swept the board at the RIBA White Rose Awards in Leeds last week, for its excellent design of The Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
The project won four major awards:-
– The RIBA Design Award – Best New Building
– The White Rose Award – Gold Medal
– The White Rose Landscape Award – Highly Commended
– The White Rose Client of the Year
Completed in June 2008, The Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital, which was designed by HLM Architects (architecture, interiors and landscape) and built at a construction cost of GBP37 million, has already been recongised as a centre of excellence for the treatment of cancer and blood disorders.
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 separte 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.
Nick Beecroft, Director at HLM Architects, said: “We are thrilled with the awards, which truly position this hospital as a UK Centre of Excellence. This project is a great example of what can be achieved with collaboration and teamwork between the client, project team and all other stakeholders. It has created a ‘healing environment’ that complements its beautiful surroundings, that shows innovation, and which will make a real difference to 1.2 million people.
Winning so many awards for such a high profile project also reinforces HLM’s growing design profile and our reputation for high quality Healthcare and Public Buildings. It shows that good design in PFI/PPP Projects is thoroughly achievable.”