The award-winning, state-of-the-art cancer unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012.
The Endeavour Unit is part of a £35million cancer redevelopment at the hospital and has already been highly commended in both The Design and Health International Academy Awards’ ‘international project of the year’ and the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards’ ‘project of the year’ category.
The unit has now been shortlisted in the ‘best project team’ and ‘specialist services design’ categories in the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012.
It is one of the first hospitals in the world to treat patients on three leading edge linear accelerators – machines used to give radiation treatment to patients – and also houses a CT scanner and a new outpatient suite.
In partnership with Interserve Project Services Ltd, the trust has also adopted a holistic approach to the building which has purpose-built facilities which are bright, spacious and calm.
This includes a double-height waiting area, fitted with glazed curtain walling, and green initiatives such as a rain-water harvesting system and a ground source heat pump which will provide for the under-floor heating.
There’s also a refreshment bar staffed by hospital volunteers and modern artwork adorns the walls and walkways.
Deputy director of planning Margaret McGloin said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for two more prestigious awards. Everyone is very proud of the unit which allows us to provide a high quality service to our patients in a spacious state-of-the-art environment.”
The Building Better Healthcare Awards have been recognising, rewarding and celebrating the best practice in world class architecture, design, facilities and estates management for over 15 years and the winners will be announced in London on 7 November.
The trust’s construction partners were Interserve Construction Ltd, P&HS Architects, NBBJ Architects, Billinghurst George & Partners and Jackson Coulson Partnership.