Paul Bell, a Partner at Ryder Architecture, discusses successfully delivering major healthcare projects in the context of post-Brexit labour shortages, post-pandemic material supply, and the escalating climate emergency – a challenge that he says ‘requires fresh thinking’.
In 2018, Ryder Architecture published Reinvention for an Exceptional Construction Industry. 1 It called on the whole project team to unite behind a single goal to place the project ahead of each team member’s commercial priorities. At the heart of this is a commitment to integrated design and collaborative project working; breaking down the historic silos of the built environment professions and industry, and embracing and developing digital design technology to provide a synergy from concept to construction. That synergy is fundamental to developing a response to the challenges of delivering the New Hospital Programme (NHP), embracing the potential of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to bring significant benefits in terms of on-site productivity, quality, environmental and social impact, and whole-life cost
Building on our successful collaboration on complex hospital projects, and harnessing significant global healthcare experience alongside trusted engineering partners, WSP and Hoare Lea, we developed and jointly published in 2021 the research paper, Intelligent Hospital Design Principles, 2 to respond to the key drivers of the NHP.
Pioneering use of MMC on Stoke hospital project
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