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Thursday31 July 2014

PM prize for Reiach & Hall's Glasgow hospital

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Reiach & Hall Architects’ New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow has won the prime minister’s Better Public Building Award.

The hospital, which opened in May 2009, beat 22 shortlisted projects including Rick Mather’s Ashmolean Museum, AHMM’s Kentish Town Health Centre and Caruso St John’s Nottingham Contemporary.

Richard Simmons, chief executive of Cabe – joint sponsor of the award together with the Office for Government Commerce and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “New Stobhill Hospital shows the enormous value to the community of investing in high-quality design that delivers more efficient public services.”

The hospital, which was built under a PFI contract and serves 400,000 patients a year, has a four-storey treatment block and a three-storey consulting block, making up Scotland’s first dedicated ambulatory care and diagnostic facility.

It was built using steel frame construction with lightweight internal partitioning and features a roof garden.

Architecture minister John Penrose said: “This is an outstanding achievement by everyone involved with the New Stobhill Hospital project.  Their success, in a really strong field, shows once again the huge impact that investment in high-quality design and really efficient procurement can make to people’s lives.  These principles should continue to be taken up in all future public building.”

The prize was presented to the Edinburgh-based practice this week at the British Construction Industry Awards.

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