NHS Infrastructure Programme Must Learn from Past Mistakes

As the Government embarks upon its £2.7 billion Health Infrastructure Plan the mistakes made in previous hospital construction mustn’t be repeated.

In the absence of any formal research or evaluation of the success of previous hospital projects, a discussion paper published last week by the Nuffield Trust provides an interesting assessment of some of the lessons learned that should inform the next 5 years of development.

It identifies 3 key lessons, among many recommendations, from past projects:





The report also recommends a close relationship between the design team and the client, adopting a value based approach to procurement using lifetime cost, investing in design to build in flexibility and carbon neutral buildings.

The paper is a worthwhile read for anyone involved in building healthcare facilities and is available to download here: