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Creating Healing Spaces

One of the earliest suggestions made by the NHS was that the Project Director should choose modular units from catalogues that could then be combined to form the finished hospital. Though this would have been easy to do, it would not result in a place of healing and beauty as intended, but nonetheless spurred on the Project Director to look for more creative solutions.

Dr Reilly approached Paul Anderson of the Glasgow School of Art who pointed him in the direction of the Deputy Director Jimmy Cosgrove who in turn guided him to Mike Haynes, Director of Planning for the City of Glasgow. Mike Haynes not only understood our vision for the hospital, but crucially recognised that the central role the future users of the building would play in the design process corresponded exactly with the aspirations of Glasgow’s European City of Architecture Year in 1999. Thus the new GHH became one of its first projects – and the first conceptual brick was laid.

The trail then lead to Neil Baxter Associates who recommended that we set up a design competition to find the right architects and steered us through this sometimes complex process, using the Royal Institute of Architecture of Scotland Guidelines.

The fantastic response resulted in 60 entries that were put on public display in Princes Square and a booklet which can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here. If you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF viewer click here.

The judging process was extremely difficult given the very high quality of the entries and the need for input from patients and staff, as well as judges from both architecture and medicine. David Mackay of MBM Architects Barcelona provided critical input on how to best balance innovation and sensitivity against deliverability within budget and eventually a clear winner emerged.

The winners were Glasgow-based Macmon Architects who showed a vision for the building that excited the entire panel and showed a masterful handling of interior and exterior space. To find more out about the building follow the links to the next section.

“The central role of the users in the creation of the building corresponded exactly to Glasgow’s aspirations for its year as ‘European City of Architecture’ in 1999.”

Mike Hayes, Director of Planning for the City of Glasgow



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