kims-LOGOThe £95m Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS) in Maidstone has taken the top prize at the national 2014 Building Better Healthcare Awards.

The award for Best Acute Hospital development was presented to London-based David Morley Architects who designed KIMS Hospital.

Held annually, the Building Better Healthcare Awards celebrate innovation and improvement in the built environment, medical devices and people working in the healthcare industry.

KIMS is able to provide high-quality complex procedures and acute care in areas such as cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology services.

The judges praised the simple and rational layout, and said: “The facility has developed into a design whose clarity and humanity should be of benefit to both patients and staff.

“The approach from parking is sheltered and pleasant and the clear main entrance is welcoming. Internally, the layout is clear and the environment is bright and positive. The use of colour is restrained, but effective.”

James Dickmann, Director at KIMS Hospital, said: “This award is testament to the great team on the KIMS Hospital project which has delivered this exceptional healthcare development which places patient care at the heart of its design and operation.

Entrance“I’m delighted that David Morley Architects, and Vinci Construction UK Ltd, have been recognised for the quality of their work, the award is very well deserved.”

The hospital development, which opened in April, is set to transform acute and specialist healthcare services in the county. Designed to create an environment for learning, knowledge sharing, clinical education and best practice, the 15,000m2 building has 74 inpatient beds, including seven chemotherapy rooms, plus 20 day care beds, seven intensive therapy unit beds and high dependency facilities.

Therapy gardens, green roofs and innovative green walls encourage biodiversity and enhance patient views. Natural light has been maximised and views to the surrounding landscape are encouraged. The scheme is on target to achieve a Very Good BREEAM sustainability rating.

During this year’s ceremony, held at The Brewery in central London, 27 trophies were presented across five categories: estates and facilities management, building design, people, products, and patient experience.

The independent, patient-focused, clinician-led KIMS Hospital is the first and only tertiary care centre in the area and boasts one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK. Constructed by VINCI Construction UK, KIMS mirrors the quality and design flair of a boutique hotel, promoting health and wellbeing through the use of natural materials, maximum daylight and attractive landscaping.

KIMS was also a recent finalist at the Kent Design and Development Awards.


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