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Capita Architecture wins Riba award for hospital

Capita Architecture’s design for a pioneering new hospital in Northern Ireland has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba).

It won this year’s regional award for Northern Ireland for designing the New Downe Hospital in Downpatrick. It will now be short listed for the £20,000 Stirling Prize.

The plan for the hospital was based on a concept of ‘healing by design’ and aims to promote better patient care and recovery through their surroundings.

It cost £64M to build and includes an accident and emergency section, an observation unit and a number of wards for inpatients and those with specific conditions such as dementia. It also offers physiotherapy, obstetrics, radiology and a children’s centre.

At the heart of the hospital is a medical core, where the intensive medical work takes place, such as the operating theatres and accident and emergency. These were placed at the centre of the hospital to promote easy access from all areas.

Capita Architecture is part of the Capita Symonds consultancy.

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