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Queen Elizabeth University & Royal Hospital For Children

At 170,000 square metres, this ‘super hospital’ is not only one of the largest healthcare developments ever commissioned in the UK, providing over 1,300 beds and one of the largest emergency departments in Scotland, but also a bold addition to the Glasgow skyline and a catalyst for wider economic and social regeneration.

Brookfield Construction, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board
Glasgow, UK
Excellent BREEAM
170,000 m2 Size
2015 Completion

The development unites services previously delivered at four separate hospitals across Glasgow into a single complex comprising a 1,109 bed acute hospital, 259 bed children’s hospital, laboratories and support facilities, all set within 3 hectares of parkland. An iconic landmark located close to the River Clyde, the development has transformed the healing experience for patients, caregivers, and the community at large.

The building’s distinct functions are expressed through three unique geometric forms inspired by Clydeside’s maritime heritage: ‘Vessel’ (the children’s hospital), ‘Dock’ (adult hospital podium) and ‘Beacon’ (the 100% single bed adult ward tower).

Inside, top-lit atria articulated with brightly coloured cantilevered pods dispel the traditional image of a clinical environment. This non-institutional approach is reinforced outdoors, with a large park embracing the main entrance and a nearby children’s park creating a sense of unconfined care.

The standardised nursing unit layout minimises travel distances and optimises patient observation while also allowing the capacity of adjacent units to be flexed in response to patient demand. Perhaps most significantly, by providing 100% single occupancy adult bedrooms and nearly 100% single children’s bedrooms, the design has greatly increased patient throughput and helped reduce infection rates.

As well as setting a new benchmark in healthcare design and delivery, the development has also had a significant impact on the community, revitalising an area formerly associated with shipbuilding and helping to create over 400 local jobs.

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Emma White

Studio Principal
London, UK

London, UK

Emma White is a qualified architect and a recognized specialist in healthcare design, working on £1 billion+ health schemes in the UK and Canada. Her experience at the successful set-up and delivery of these large-scale projects has led to her responsibilities broadening within IBI Group to overseeing QA and Process Improvements. Emma is a confident leader, successfully managing complex supply chain and stakeholder groups. She is experienced at managing large teams in the design and construction of healthcare facilities, and applies her in-depth knowledge in the development and implementation of design processes, schedules and protocols to assist in the management, and coordination of projects. Notable projects include the Queen Elizabeth University & Royal Hospital for Children and the Peterborough City Hospital, which was successfully delivered three months early.

Focused on programme, budget and design excellence, she will always strive to deliver cutting-edge healthcare facilities.

Graham Harris

Studio Principal
London, UK

London, UK

Graham Harris is an experienced architect and project director and has taken an active involvement in driving IBI Group?s design processes, ensuring heightened standards in architectural output and efficient working methods, including BIM & 3D Visualisation. Skilled at delivering all aspects of a project, he is particularly strong at executing innovative stakeholder consultation processes. He places collaborative working as the focus of his leadership, winning awards for outstanding team delivery and high client satisfaction.

In healthcare, he works alongside clients to transform their ‘model of care’ into an efficient and therapeutic healing environment, ensuing overall cost savings and improving service delivery. Graham is highly competent at meeting the design challenges posed by complex refurbishment works within a live hospital environment. His experience includes the development of complicated phasing plans to meet both clinical and construction requirements. With a rich background in healthcare design, Graham is very aware of Trust requirements, ensuring solutions address future flexibility, energy efficiency and most importantly reduced infection rates by introducing innovations such as the IBI Group ‘cruciform ward’.

In education, Graham has been exposed to a number of Government initiatives, including Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital programme. He has hands-on experience of the tight parameters specified by these schemes, responding with holistic solutions to safeguard design quality and exceed clients’ ‘value for money’ expectations.

“IBI Group has played a major leadership role in all aspects of the project design and development. Their creativity, professionalism, knowledge and commitment to quality has been market leading in the field of healthcare design and architecture.”

Robert Calderwood
Chief Executive
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde