Design re-use: Critical application of healthcare building design evidence

Wanigarathna, Nadeeshani and Sherratt, Fred and Price, Andrew and Austin, Simon (2019) Design re-use: Critical application of healthcare building design evidence. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26 (3). pp. 350-366. ISSN 1365-232X

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Purpose: Re-use of good design solutions is a key source of evidence and knowledge in the design of healthcare buildings. However, due to the unique nature of healthcare built environments, critical application of this evidence is of paramount important. This research investigated the features of such critical application, and identified the aspects that need to be considered during the re-use of good designs. Design/methodology/approach: Data from three case studies of hospital designs in the UK were used to explore the processes behind the adaption and re-use of design solutions during the design of healthcare buildings. Data were thematically analysed to distinguish the aspects that should be carefully compared and contrasted during design re-use. Findings: Existing designs of healthcare buildings should be captured and evaluated along with: patient demographics, care models of the hospital, other local departmental needs, and facility operational aspects in order to ensure the effectiveness of re-use. In addition, properly introducing the design to the users is also a part of successful design re-use. Practical implications: This research provides details of how healthcare built environment designs are embedded in project-unique circumstances. The results could therefore be used to develop meaningful and informative evaluation mechanisms for new and re-used healthcare building design features. Originality/value: This research extends the understanding of critical application of healthcare design evidence, by explaining how healthcare design solutions should be evaluated during the design process. Limitations: The findings of this research was integrated into a framework to support healthcare designers on effective re-use of good designs. This data driven framework could be validated further with design practitioners. Further, this research relied on memory recall of the interviewees and the accuracy and completeness of documentary records.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Heathcare built environments, Design re-use, Critical application of evidence, Design evaluation
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Fred Sherratt
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 14:56

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