SPECIALIST neuro, stroke and spinal injury, complex care and step forward rehabilitation centre, The Gateway in Middlesbrough, has been selected for the ‘final jury session’ in a bid to be shortlisted in a major international competition.
The state of the art £10m facility in Middlehaven will battle it out against 43 other buildings nominated from across the world, all hoping to make the final six shortlisted projects for the World Architecture News (WAN) Healthcare Award.
The Gateway, part of specialist healthcare group Keiro, was designed by Stokesley based healthcare and residential specialists P+HS Architects, who created the landmark centre following a specific brief from Keiro.
Keiro’s chief executive Boda Gallon said: “Architecture in health and social care has a duty to engage with the public and push the boundaries of design within the built environment, to challenge people’s aspirations and improve their health and wellbeing outcomes. We have achieved this at The Gateway withP+HS Architects.
“We presented P+HS our vision for Keiro’s integrated service pathway that we wanted to implement with our service partners from the NHS, Social Care, Housing, Education and the third sector. P+HS Architects helped turn this into a reality and came up with an inspirational and bold design capturing all the elements of the brief.”
Designed to emulate a ship in keeping with local heritage and its dockside location, the brief outlined the need to create a building from which The Gateway’s specialised health and wellbeing services could be delivered, whilst maintaining the look and feel of a modern apartment hotel and a non-clinical environment for clients, families and the wider community to enjoy.
P+HS Architects’ managing director Joe Biggs said: “We have worked with Keiro for the past five years developing the proposals for The Gateway project in Middlehaven. Throughout that time our architectural team has been inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our client. This has fostered the development of a highly innovative design solution that reflects the very particular aims and values of the organisation and their approach to the delivery of a fully integrated care and support solution.
“The architectural solution truly reflects the ethos of the client’s organisation and we are delighted to have been selected for the next stage of this year’s WAN Healthcare Awards.”
Boda added: “With thousands of international entries, to even make this stage for the award is a monumental achievement not only as a new facility in the care industry but especially for the North East.”
The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, how the design has addressed the key elements of the brief and how it has enhanced conditions for clients and the wider community.
The shortlist will be announced on July 8, 2014 and the winning entrant will receive an award for their project and make headline news on WAN international site. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as ‘commended’.
Dubbed ‘the future of neuro-rehab’, since opening in January The Gateway has already won the Pinder’s National Healthcare Design Award 2014 for Best Care Facility – Younger Adults and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Awards for Community Benefit and Project of the Year 2014. It is the first of Keiro’s designs to spearhead the unified rehabilitation model with an array of service partners, set to roll out across the UK over the next five years.
WAN Awards is the largest international architectural awards programme, attracting entries from all over the world aiming to promote and recognise the very best architectural structures in healthcare, education and civic buildings.