A new era in medical design

17 October 2016

The emergency care centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead was announced as national winner of the Infrastructure category at the grand final of the 2016 RICS awards, held in London on 14 October. 

The £32m facility, designed by Ryder Architecture, opened in August and combines the accident and emergency, walk in centre, medical and surgical assessment and urgent children’s services under one roof.  

Ian Crow, architectural director at Ryder said, “We are delighted to receive this award and be recognised from a strong shortlist of high profile infrastructure projects.  The emergency care centre is a first of its kind development.  Its success is down to the vision of the client – in designing a pioneering service, and the collaborative efforts of a dedicated and enthusiastic project team to deliver that vision.”

The RICS judges said, “The £32 million accident and emergency care centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is an exemplar project not only in terms of the architecture and facilities provided but also in how it brings together all the medical facilities required to treat patients during an emergency into a single bright modern new building.”

This new facility heralds a new era in medical design and provides a peaceful and quiet environment where patients are visible to all staff at all times.  That coupled with the latest wireless technologies which streamline patient flow make this an outstanding winner by far, which will greatly benefit the Gateshead community and surrounding areas for generations to come.”


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