A hospital is never just a building – it’s a place that touches patients and their families at critical moments in their lives. At WSP we put their wellbeing at the heart of our designs. Whether we’re providing hospital engineering for a landmark project or updating a community clinic, our teams strive to create warm and supportive environments for patients, visitors and staff.
Our people-centred approach is coupled with a commitment to clinical excellence. And it’s a combination that has won us roles on some of the world’s most advanced hospitals. We are proud of our long record of providing innovative, efficient and sensitive solutions, carefully aligned to our clients’ therapeutic vision and model of care.
Our experts understand what it takes to create a world-class facility. From accommodating state-of-the-art technologies alongside complementary cancer therapies to meeting the diverse needs of acute care patients under one roof, or making sure children’s clinics have tamper-proof features; we know how to tailor global best practice to suit every project.
However demanding a brief may be, we thrive on the challenge. Our goal is always to find the most sustainable, efficient solutions, so that our clients can offer the best possible care to their communities – today and for the future.
Patient safety is a guiding principle in every decision we take. Whether we’re designing a paediatric clinic or forensic hospital, we understand the importance of creating a clean, secure healing environment. Our specialist teams consider how to minimize the spread of germs and aid cleaning from the outset, planning room layouts and staff facilities to cut the risk of cross-contamination, and designing ventilation systems that remove airborne pathogens while ensuring plentiful supplies of fresh air.
We also implement secure-by-design principles to keep intruders out and stop vulnerable patients from roaming where it isn’t safe. Above all, we tailor our approach to each unique set of circumstances, making sure the right solutions reach the right projects – from features that reduce the risk of falls among older patients to fire and life safety systems that allow smooth evacuation of people with learning disabilities.
The best hospitals do more than treat disease and mend broken bones; they promote wellbeing. We apply a holistic idea of patient welfare to all designs, maximizing access to natural light, fresh air and greenery, and creating quiet, private rooms wherever possible. We understand that even minor frustrations can cause anxiety and disrupt healing, and so we strive to deliver hassle-free environments, making our buildings as accessible and comfortable as possible for patients, families and staff.
Our engineers work closely with healthcare teams to understand the patient journey, and approach every aspect of the design with this in mind. From inspiring structures that lift the spirits to visual clues that aid wayfinding, we never forget the details that can make a vital difference to patients and visitors. The result is buildings that truly promote recovery.
Today’s hospitals must be more cost-effective than ever, not only during construction but over their lifetimes. We take a forensic approach to the task, working out exactly how a facility will run and what we can do to improve performance. We design structures and finishes that minimize maintenance, building systems that reduce energy and water use, and layouts that cut staff travel time.
Our engineers take advantage of the latest techniques, such as chilled beam technologies for cooling and ventilation. And we apply global best practice to all our projects, many of which – like the world’s first LEED Platinum hospital – have become environmental showcases. Finally, we plan for the future with flexible designs that can respond to changing needs and treatments, plus strategies to adapt to climate change, allowing us to deliver structures that will remain effective and safe for decades to come.