The judges were hugely impressed with Penoyre & Prasad’s submission for a sector which they described as very difficult to work in due to the constraints. Despite this, the practice has managed to produce interesting architecture, but above all, it “‘demonstrated how crucial excellent design is if we are to produce effective health buildings”.

Over the past year, Penoyre & Prasad has completed a range of projects, from the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre in central London to the Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health, west London, one of the largest primary care centres in Britain.

The judges said: “These are buildings which engage with the city. They also have a sense of fun and lift the spirits. It is hugely refreshing to see building of this quality in this sector. NHS, please take note!”

Also shortlisted: Avanti Architects, MAAP Architects, Nightingale Associates and RTKL-UK.

Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre, London

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Hays Architecture is once again pleased to sponsor the Health Building Architect of the Year category. Highlighting our integral role and continued investment in the industry, this sponsorship recognises and rewards construction professionals for their hard work and commitment.

Hays Architecture works with the top practices to find temporary and permanent roles for architects and CAD professionals. With over 80 offices across the UK, an international network of offices and using an unrivalled database, specialist consultants are able to connect the right people with the right jobs. They also possess valuable sector expertise and can provide up-to-date advice and the latest salary information.