The future is now, because healthcare is changing…

The next generation of healthcare buildings will be very different from the hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries we are familiar with today. A revolution in building design is already upon us, prompted by an acceleration of technological innovation, rapidly-ageing populations, changing expectations of how healthcare should be provided, and a growing realisation that the environment is an important part of the healing process.

Future Ready Healthcare – What if we Can?

Jabulile Nhlapo: What if we can… Make Medicine Mobile?

What if we can make medicine mobile? What if we could send medical equipment, medication, and critical supplies such as blood, directly to the scene of an emergency, instead of transporting the patient?

Suzanne MacCormick: What if we can… Design Adaptable ‘Outpatients’ Rooms?

We still need outpatient rooms in our hospitals at the moment, but they must be designed and built to adapt to alternative uses in the near and medium-term future, probably on more than one occasion.

Nolan Rome: What if we can… design a children’s hospital for the future?

What if we can use smart technologies in designing children’s hospitals in the future?  How will they compare with our children’s hospitals today?

What if we can… design operating rooms for the future?

What if we can design and build operating facilities for the future?  How will they compare to the spaces surgeons often work in at present?  How can we maximise the benefit of continuous leaps forward in medical sophistication?

European Healthcare Design Conference 2018

We’re Looking To The Future At This Year’s European Healthcare Design Conference

Medical Equipment Planning: The Value of Data

From renovations to new builds, it’s critical to work directly with clinical staff and hospital consultants to understand their needs and ensure the equipment is integrated in a way that provides the best possible patient care, ensures efficient healthcare delivery, and optimises facility performance.

Using Data and Technology to Enable Efficient, Patient-Centred Design

First and foremost, healthcare is about putting the needs of the patient first. As our society ages and the needs for specialised care become increasingly demanding, taking a patient-centred approach to healthcare facility design has become more important.

Dell Children’s Hospital: Innovation and Sustainable Design

Watch the presentation on Dell Children’s Medical Center delivered by our healthcare expert Nolan Rome at the European Healthcare Design 2016 conference.

Download our Future Ready Healthcare Brochure

As hospitals evolve to include technological hubs, they will require the capacity to deal with huge amounts of data supporting diagnostic feedback from a range of real-time sources including wearable or digestible sensors.

Download our 10 Steps

Excellence in future healthcare delivery will be enabled by flexible, adaptable buildings that are future-proofed by design.



Nolan Rome

An architectural engineer by training, Nolan is a practice leader in WSP’s healthcare team in the US. Although much of his time is devoted to project coordination, Nolan remains a passionate ‘hands-on’ engineer and continues to design mechanical systems including central energy plants.


Simon Kydd

Offering expert insight into Britain’s health market and 20 years’ experience of delivering large scale schemes for the public/private sector, Simon heads up WSP’s UK based health projects. Simon has a keen eye for new opportunities and selecting teams that make the best use of his colleagues’ talents and experience.