Designed by international design practice Ryder Architecture, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (PPWH) won two awards at the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) awards ceremony held on 22 November.
In addition to the best healthcare project, PPWH won the coveted Supreme award, beating stiff competition from Scottish architectural practices. The Supreme accolade is “only awarded when the quality and ambition of the work is truly exceptional and outstanding”, a testament to the quality of PPWH’s design.
The judges were highly impressed by the building’s unique atmosphere, materiality, detailing, and innovative design principles used in the hospice’s creation. PPWH is the PPWH is the first palliative care facility in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of healthcare design. This innovative Scandinavian model uses pioneering research, which links the aesthetic design of a healthcare facility to patients’ wellbeing, to deliver a world class facility.
Alastair Forbes, architectural director at Ryder, said “Receiving accolades from institutions such as the GIA are a testament to the hard work of the project team and a huge amount of people that have contributed to the project over many years. The feedback we have received to date from patients, families, staff and volunteers has been fantastic. We are extremely proud of the PPWH project and it is brilliant to see the building receive such fantastic recognition.”
The hospice welcomed its first patients in November 2018 and has received fantastic feedback from its first year in operation.
The GIA is the largest Chapter in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), with over 1,200 current members. The annual awards celebrate the best architecture from these members.