New Stobhill Hospital, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, praised for focusing on patient needs

The New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow has won this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.

Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, it is the first dedicated ambulatory care and diagnostic facility in Scotland.

Medical tests and consultations are carried out on the same day and surgical patients who would normally need an overnight stay are able to go home the same day.

The building, which opened in May 2009 and was procured under a PFI contract, was commended for its design which focuses on the needs of patients and creates a reassuring, calm environment. Patients and visitors enter a glazed arcade filled with natural light and navigation is made easier with a prominent reception from which all departments can be pointed out from it.

Cabe chief executive Richard Simmons said: “New Stobhill Hospital shows the enormous value to the community of investing in high-quality design that delivers more efficient public services.”

The award is part of the British Construction Industry Awards and is jointly sponsored by CABE, the Office for Government Commerce and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.