Designing Healthy Internal Spaces for the Healthcare Industry

Within healthcare buildings, a primary driver of the design programme is the life safety of its occupants. Ensuring the external envelope of the building is compliant and fit for purpose is synonymous with constructing internal spaces that are comfortable and support the recovery of patients and productivity of staff.

It has been proven that basic elements such as natural light and fresh air can improve the wellbeing and productivity of workers within a healthcare environment, whilst also creating comfortable spaces to aid recovery of patients. In recent years, this has led to the construction of ‘healthy’ healthcare buildings.

From a building perspective, one of the main challenges in construction is balancing the design and compliance criteria to the benefit of all occupants. Taking into consideration essential building regulations for fire safety and thermal performance, whilst also considering the WELL Building Standard that highlights the importance of natural ventilation, it is important to recognise the advantages of a blended design approach from the outset to satisfy these requirements.

As specialists in the design of smoke management, natural ventilation and daylighting solutions, Kingspan Light + Air has developed its service offering to comply with building regulations whilst also seamlessly integrating natural factors to benefit the internal space. By adopting a blended approach to healthcare building design, access to natural light and fresh air can improve the internal space to the advantage of staff and visitors. Helping to create a comfortable and healthy environment that supports the recovery of patients and that promotes productivity and wellbeing of staff, the solutions can also ensure the highest standards of safety.

Working collaboratively, Kingspan Light + Air’s products can couple as compliant smoke management solutions and effective natural daylighting and ventilation providers to create happy and healthy internal spaces.

From design to installation, working with a trusted manufacturer can ensure that the solutions implemented will complement the internal space for the benefit of all occupants. Embracing technology to conduct climate based energy modelling to model the daylight levels prior to installation, to ongoing service and maintenance to guarantee performance of the systems, Kingspan Light + Air is able work with healthcare sites – both new-build and operational – to create and maintain effective environments that are suitable for lifetime operation.

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Following the 2017 Naylor Report into NHS estates, it has been estimated that estate upkeep costs have reached approximately £10bn in annual funding for 2019/2020.

More recently, ERIC (Estates Returns Information Collection) data collection has contained some deeply alarming news about the condition of NHS buildings and equipment.

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