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CABE campaign aims to shake up 'critical state' of hospital design

CABE has teamed up with the Royal College of Nursing to kick off a campaign for radical improvements to hospital design.

It hopes to raise standards as the government continues its record-breaking building programme, by commissioning four visions for a 'healing hospital environment'.

The public is being asked to vote on the four designs by McDowell + Benedetti (pictured); muf architecture/art with Rosetta Life; Fat with DEMOS; and Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall.

The ideas are meant not as detailed designs but as reflections on the experience of working, visiting and being treated in a hospital environment.

Suggestions include the elimination of conventional waiting rooms, domestic-scale bedrooms, corridors with 'skies' rather than ceilings and a day room where nutritionists lead cooking classes and patients have access to the internet.

In the report, Radical Improvements in Hospital Design, CABE condemns the standard of design produced through the first wave of Private Finance Initiative hospitals. It complains that although there is 'some evidence' that design quality is improving in the second wave 'it remains a critical question'.

CABE chief executive Jon Rouse added that innovation in hospital design remained scarce.

Register your views on the designs at www. healthyhospitals. org. uk

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