Co-production as design driver
During design development for the hospitals C.F. Møller engaged with service-users, clinicians, carers, stakeholders and commissioners in a series of over 500 workshops, meetings and open day sessions. The result of this co-production was a strong consensus that while there is great variation in types of illness and service-user pathways in mental health facilities, a growing body of evidence demonstrates the health benefits of good architecture and attractive environments in improving patient outcomes. Creation of non-institutional environments with good sightlines and acoustics, ample daylight, natural ventilation, access to gardens and outdoor spaces are key design considerations.
C.F. Møller has developed a wide range of expertise in designing healthcare environments utilising a set of principles we describe as “Healing Architecture”. Our practice is currently involved in the design of several major healthcare projects in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
- It has been a privilege to work with the Trust and the people they serve in order to realize a shared aspiration of a new generation of mental health hospitals that are therapeutic and safe environments, and which meet wide-ranging patient, staff and commissioning requirements. We look forward to working with the main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, to deliver this ground-breaking project, says Teva Hesse.