The £65m Stobhill ACAD Hospital in North Glasgow has been hailed as an excellent example of how the PFI system can produce outstanding healthcare buildings. Architects Reiach & Hall conducted a great deal of user research which resulted in a slightly unconventional hospital layout, but one that functions very successfully. The hospital circulation is arranged vertically – stacked around a central arcade – as opposed to a more horizontal relationship between departments, as suggested by the contractor. This arcade design concept is intended to improve visual connectivity and encourage community interaction.
The new building was intended to be distinct from a traditional hospital but also avoid being 'stylistic' or 'image-led'. Good use of low-cost cladding materials gives the public north façade of the clinic block an elegant but also neutral appearance, and there is an impressive high quality of finishes throughout the hospital considering the tight PFI budget within which the project team had to work.
DSSR was responsible for the complete design of all mechanical and electrical services. As a sterile and carefully-monitored hospital environment, the building had to be sealed and have a capped maximum temperature. DSSR used thermodynamic modelling software to determine the exact levels of cooling required, and active chilled beams were employed where practical to minimise supply air volumes.
The hugely successful Stobhill ACAD hospital has already won the following awards:
* BCI Awards 'Prime Minister's Better Public Building' 2010
* RIBA Award 2010
* Public Private Finance Awards Best Designed Project 2010
* Civic Trust Awards 2010 Commendation
* Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards 'Best Healthcare Building' 2009
* Building Better Healthcare Awards 'Best Designed Hospital' 2009
* Roses Design Awards 'Best of the Best' 2009 Grand Prix
* Roses Design Awards 'Best Public Building' 2009 Gold
Stobhill, North Glasgow
NHS Greater Glasgow
Reiach & Hall