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Academy supports the development of built environment education The International Academy for Design and Health is supporting a one-off one day conference in London next month (26th March) entitled: Educating for Healthy Settlements.  For more information, click here.

NBBJ collaborate on new Children's Hospital of Ireland
The new Children's Hospital of Ireland in Dublin and Ambulatory & Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght will be designed by the London studio of international practice, NBBJ Architects, in collaboration with Dublin-based Murray O'Laoire and Brian O'Connell Associates.

Mexican children’s health centre is best in class
A socially responsible centre for disabled children that combines colour, nature and therapeutic spaces has won the Best Health Building award at the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Nightingale wins £840m Scottish 'super hospital' project
One of the largest hospital contracts ever commissioned in the UK has been awarded to Nightingale Associates, as part of the Brookfield Constructions UK consortium, which beat off competition from Laing O'Rourke and Balfour Beatty.

Hospital designed in three days
Over 70 architects, planners, engineers, facility managers, building owners and industry experts from 14 countries have completed the planning and design of an acute hospital in just 72 hours.

BBH announces awards shortlist
The shortlist for the 2009 Building Better Healthcare Awards was announced this week following a record number of nominations. Each of the shortlisted entrants has met tough criteria to make it through to the final stage of judging, during which the panel will visit selected sites, hold an interview day, and a 'Dragon's Den' style Product Pitching day. The final winners will then be announced at a ceremony in central London on 12 November.

HDR release new book on Evidence-based Design
A new book that explores the use of evidence-based design concepts in the planning, programming and design of healthcare facilities has been released by HDR Architecture’s Healthcare Consulting Group.
Titled Evidence-based Design for Healthcare Facilities, the book begins with a review of available evidence-based practices, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based design in healthcare and ends with a preview of future technology and advancements.

Local Identity, Global Perspective
The four-day 6th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition in Singapore was a resounding success, spreading knowledge and fostering dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the interdisciplinary field of healthcare design. Diana Anderson and Marc Sansom report.

Trio win £150m children’s hospital in Scotland
Nightingale Associates and Tribal Healthcare, working with Principal Supply Chain Partner, BAM Construction have won their second Framework Scotland contract to design the £150m Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, for NHS Lothian.

Building Better Healthcare Awards call for entries
Entries are now open for the 2009 Building Better Healthcare (BBH) Awards, which aim to provide a benchmark for good and effective healthcare design.

Student awards open for entries
Architects for Health is inviting architectural students from all over the world to submit projects for consideration at the third annual Student Healthcare Design Award in 2009.

New design for Al Maktoum Hospital is patient-centred
The design of the new Al Maktoum Accident and Emergency (A&E) Hospital in Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, has been unveiled.

Web-based tool drives design efficiencies
A new web-based design data management tool, developed by MJ Medical, has been claimed to offer savings in time and money in the design process.

Lifetime of success
The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has recognized Derek Parker, a director and former CEO of Anshen + Allen with the Lifetime Achievement Award’s Hamilton Medal.

The Winning Ticket
From the Rocky Mountains to the suburbs of Belfast, new benchmarks in psychosocially supportive design were set at London’s Building Better Healthcare Awards ceremony, held at the end of last year.

UK: The ‘Alex’ wins again
Last year’s winner of the Design & Health Best International Project award, the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, has scooped the UK Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.

US: Safety first
A new organisation called Patient Safety Design Consultants, LLC – Architecture for Safer Healthcare has been launched.

Canada: Loneliness makes you cold

A team of scientists from the University of Toronto have found that social isolation can make people feel cold.

Ireland: Anshen + Allen project win
Anshen + Allen is part of the Northern Ireland Health Group consortium, which has been appointed preferred bidder for the new acute hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

UK: HOK to design research lab
HOK is to design the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI).

US: Vaginal birth mums sensitive
A new study has found that mothers who delivered vaginally compared to caesarean section delivery were more responsive to the cry of their own baby.

Bahrain: Community masterplan
A masterplan for a new Water Garden City in Bahrain has been revealed by designers HOK.

UAE: New city in Dubai

Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei has been appointed to design Jumeira Gardens.

Canada: PPP win for Stantec

Stantec has been named part of the Infusion Health consortia contracted to deliver a C$432.5m expansion project, undertaken as a public-private partnership with the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia.

US: Green credentials for design
The Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St John, Florida, US has received LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.

UK: New research publication
Arup has published its first Research Review to promote the firm’s research capabilities to universities, academics, funding organisations and clients.

US: Natural alliance
HOK and the Biomimicry Guild have forged a ‘first-of-its-kind’ alliance linking the natural and built environment.

Canada: Carillion team shortlisted
Montgomery Sisam is a member of the Carillion Canada team which has been shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the new Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto.

South Africa: Nightingale's new office
Nightingale Architects (SA) has opened for business in Cape Town.

UK: Building better health e-zine

Building Better Healthcare has launched an electronic magazine focusing on the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction and management of the UK healthcare estate.

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