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BVN Stories, Events, News — June 5, 2024

BVN at the 2024 European Healthcare Design Conference

We're taking to the stage at the 2024 European Healthcare Design Conference in June.

This year’s plenary theme is ‘Natural Intelligence: Creating self-learning health systems’. The theme recognises the challenges of implementing climate-smart healthcare systems, delivering new service and asset models that strengthen resilience, and creating humanistic environments that promote wellbeing. All areas that are squarely in our wheelhouse.

Maitland hospital red earth exterior arbour screen with terrocotta briquettes, Saretta Fielding
Photo: Martin Siegner.

Maitland Hospital, NSW Australia.

The conference is an ideal opportunity to share knowledge and experience gained over the past two decades, during which we’ve completed 20 new hospitals.

Joining UK Principal Matthew Blair and Strategy Director Esme Banks Marr in London, Principals Kirstie Irwin 

More on Kirstie
(Brisbane) and Julian Ashton 
(Sydney) lead a session that outlines our approach to designing healthcare spaces, drawing on project examples from our health portfolio.

By examining the intersection of clinical medicine and design, Julian and Kirstie reveal how we create hospitals as welcoming places of medical confidence that are primed for efficiency and for staff, patient and visitor wellbeing.

Importantly, these are also sustainable spaces that support community and the environment while allowing nature to nurture us by channelling daylight through interiors and greening public realms. 

Logan Hospital increses capacity with over 200 new beds cardiac ward, coronary care unit, ICU department, medical assessment and planning unit, general medical ward, palliative care ward and new treatment spaces.

Photos: Tom Roe.

As well as showing how standardised design elements can be used, we’ll share the results of our work supporting various State-based health bodies to develop national guidelines. The Australian Health Facilities Guidelines (AUSHFG) define minimum requirements for the myriad spaces and relationships necessary to design a hospital.

Randwick Prince of Wales Acute Services Building. Video by Tom Roe.

Our Acute Services Building in Randwick, Sydney, is a recent example. Through master planning for Prince of Wales Hospital and completion of the Acute Services Building, this wellbeing-oriented facility delivers a new model for cooperative care and catalyses future expansion that will integrate the hospital with the University of New South Wales, Sydney, as a world-class health science hub.

Our approach at the Prince of Wales Hospital was to put the patient at the heart of every decision. We listened to the people who would be using the Acute Services Building daily – patients, their families, and the healthcare staff – and incorporated their feedback into the design. This collaborative process led to a facility that truly supports health and healing.

BVN Principal, Julian Ashton.

Other examples include Sydney's largest and businest healthcare precincts Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and the Integrated Nepean Hospital and Community Base Services along with John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct and Maitland Hospital in New South Wales, and the Logan Hospital redevelopment in regional Queensland.

Left: Nepean Hospital Stage One, NSW Australia.
Top right: Logan Hospital Redevelopment, NSW Australia.
Bottom right: Acute Services Building at Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW Australia.

The European Healthcare Design Conference gathers experts from around the world to discuss the future of healthcare environments. BVN’s participation underscores our commitment to driving forward best practices in healthcare architecture at an international scale. 

For more information about the conference, visit the European Healthcare Design Page.

BVN’s presentation session takes place at 11am (BST UTC+01) Tuesday 11 June at 11.00am at The Royal College of Physicians, London.

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