For the second consecutive year, the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2014 will include a category dedicated to recognising the huge impact the ProCure21+ framework has had on the modernisation of the healthcare estate.
To mark the 10th year of the procurement channel’s launch, ProCure21+ is releasing a range of ‘repeatable rooms’ and standard components that will help commissioners to secure high-quality, evidence-based designs at a lower cost.
And the impact of these buildings on patients, staff, visitors and local communities will be showcased at the BBH Awards this year, with a special prize recognising the best overall design.
The Innovation in P21+ Award invites all six principal supply chain partners within the framework to put forward innovative schemes they have completed over the past 18 months.
The judges will be looking for a design that best enhances the experience for patients and staff, improves operating efficiencies, reduces hospital acquired infections, enhances the health and wellbeing of the local community, and marks a reduction in capital or operational costs. Additional consideration will be given where the benefits have been shared with other NHS clients.
This award will highlight the innovative work being carried out across the country to create health and social care facilities that are modern, fit for purpose and sustainable via a framework agreement that helps to save time and reduce costs
The award is one of 23 up for grabs at this year’s ceremony. While only open to principal supply chain partners within the framework, it will be judged by the BBH Awards judging panel, which includes clinical staff, design experts, and interior design specialists.
Jo Makosinski, editor of Building Better Healthcare and organiser of the BBH Awards, said: “We are thrilled to have the ProCure21+ award back for a second year. It will highlight the innovative work being carried out across the country to create health and social care facilities that are modern, fit for purpose and sustainable via a framework agreement that helps to save time and reduce costs.”
Last year’s winner in this category was Tyne, a forensic learning disabilities development built by Laing O’Rourke for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Designed by Medical Architecture, the building was praised by the judges for bringing the outside inside. They added: “These are very secure units because they have to be, but they have not used fencing and have instead used the building as the boundary and that is a really good move.
“It is very robust, but very good and little touches like the curves in the tables in the bedrooms are very nice.”
To find out more, or to enter this year’s competition, click here.