Future Ready 2018-10-12T13:10:25+00:00


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?

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.

Healthcare Trends

According to United Nations estimates, the proportion of the world’s population aged over 60 will triple by the end of this century, to make up more than a third of all people, leading to a huge increase in chronic health conditions relating to old age. And the effects of ageing are likely to be exacerbated by the health problems that accompany increasing obesity, with a fifth of all people predicted to be obese by 2025. In the UK, for example, the number of over-65s with four illnesses is expected to more than double in 20 years to 2.5m people. Countering this, the rise of genomics, stem cell therapy and progress in immunology could limit the mortal threat from infectious diseases and cancer.

It is increasingly understood that the environment in which patients are treated and cared for is a contributing factor to the healing process. As such, patient-centred design is a key ingredient in a successful healthcare facility not only in terms of the physical space but also the virtual one. Patients armed with information about their conditions are already informed consumers of clinical care, rather than passive recipients, and they will increasingly want to access services on smart-phones and mobile devices. But the impact of technology will go far beyond simply providing mobile apps for patients to have basic interactions with doctors, or book appointments. The revolution will be driven by a combination of the widespread use of networked smart sensors, vastly increased computing power, ever better telecoms, improvements in robotics, and strides forward in artificial intelligence (AI), together with algorithmic computer decision-making.

AI-powered systems will be able to analyse data from sensors that provide continual or ‘on demand’ monitoring of a patient’s condition, while video conferencing will enable doctors to reach, diagnose and treat patients wherever they are. This means that an ever-larger proportion of medical care is likely to be provided by teams of experts all housed together in a technological hub. Meanwhile better surgical techniques will vastly limit the time even those undergoing serious procedures have to spend in hospital. Other factors will affect how these changes play out, however, including the continuing drive for efficiency and cost reduction, increasing bacterial resistance, and the need for resilience to climate change and future energy scarcity.

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.

See Our 10 Steps Below to Making your Healthcare Facility Fit for the Future

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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.