Design studio wins £250,000 Wolfson Prize for innovative modular hospital design
London-based Ab Rogers Design was declared the winner of the 2021 Wolfson Economics Prize, which sought to harness new ideas for improving healthcare by better hospital construction and design with their modular hospital design.
Entrants to this year’s Wolfson Prize competition were asked: “How would you design and plan new hospitals to radically improve patient experiences, clinical outcomes, staff wellbeing, and integration with wider health and social care?”
The ‘Living Systems’ team, led by Ab Rogers Design, sets out a vision for smaller hospitals which could be built across England and sit within the community as centres of wellness (sickness prevention) as well as cure.
Watch all the Wolfson Prize entries here:
The 200-bed sites would be constructed out of a prefabricated, modular design of 12 storeys, with an internal shell of CLT (cross-laminated timber) so that wards can be easily partitioned into isolation rooms, for example in response to infectious disease outbreaks.
A central open area on the ground floor – termed the podium – would incorporate a thriving market and be accessible and used by the entire community. The plan would also redesign staff facilities, including common areas, in order to improve working conditions and increase staff retention across the NHS.
The Living Systems hospital design features a rooftop area reserved for hospital staff and volunteers. This space would include offices, meeting rooms and congregation areas, including a bar and canteen. The bulk of patient rooms and wards would be on the south side of the building to maximise levels of natural daylight, with greenery and views accessible from every bed.
The winning Wolfson Prize hospital modular design team now plans to develop a research unit to develop these ideas further, in the hope of seeing them implemented across hospitals in England.
CLICK HERE to return to the home page for more articles.