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Doing business in health: 10 signs of a good healthcare building

Plus the health sector by numbers, events and links

10 signs of a good healthcare building

  1. good integrated design, with easy access to public transport
  2. public open space, such as hospital gardens
  3. a clear plan, and attention to the patient journey
  4. a single reception point
  5. well-planned circulation and waiting areas
  6. well-selected materials, finishes and furnishing
  7. natural light and ventilation
  8. effectively planned storage
  9. adapting to future changes
  10. out of hours community use

The health sector by numbers

£1 bn – value of Barts and the Royal London hospitals

2 million – there will be 2 million fewer adults of working age in 2031 than there are now – which equates to the current workforce of the NHS.

£7.5bn – potential government investment in the NHS by 2010/2011

£3.47bn – amount spent to date on ProCure 21

97 percentage of ProCure21 schemes completed on time

89 percentage of ProCure21 schemes on budget

Events and links

  • Construction Newsin partnership with sister title Health Service Journal is running Healthcare Construction 09 on 23 June at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It will identify opportunities, funding and procurement routes.
  • Whole life costing and sustainable healthcare buildings – 24 June London, venue tbc. See for details
  • SHINE – the learning network for sustainable healthcare buildings – is doing research into improving the sustainability of existing buildings. It is carrying out detailed analysis of six existing healthcare facilities, measuring how sustainability has changed over time and recommending how to improve performance in the future.
    Trusts interested should contact Catherine Haynes
  • A guide to what the NHS is looking for in ProCure 21+ partners is available at

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