NHS 70: Masterplanning


By Chris Thornton

Chris Thornton continues the NHS 70 celebrations by detailing ADP's masterplanning success.

Healthcare buildings need to respond to both the existing, and future, clinical service needs of the local population, and support the people who provide the care. To plan for this level of change, requires a cohesive masterplan: an important mechanism for placing users input and needs right at the heart of the process.

As healthcare architects, we work closely with our clients’ strategic vision for their estates; consulting with all stakeholders, including clinicians, staff and managers, in order to develop masterplans and development control plans that rigorously assess sites, and determine the suitability of buildings to meet new challenges and support new, and enhanced, models of care.

Realising a care vision can involve large interventions, or more frequently, a series of incremental interventions. For the past 15 years, we have worked with the Trust at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, developing the site and implementing in excess of 20 small to medium-sized projects, which both expand and rationalise the services offered. At Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust (Redhill), we took the process one-step further, developing masterplan elements incrementally, and helping to implement a broader vision; introducing other healthcare users on site and ‘visioning’ larger-scale future development.

Stepping forward again, at Frimley Park Hospital, we are now exploring the large scale remodelling of an underutilised and clinically isolated area of the site, enabling future expansion and bringing facilities up to current standards.

Sometimes, a site-wide redevelopment strategy is necessary, and at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, we worked with the Trust to explore a wide range of site options alongside the feasibility of relocating the hospital completely. On a much smaller-scale, we worked with Walsall and Wolverhampton PCT to redevelop Goscote Hospital, in order to fulfil a new primary and social care vision. This created new dementia care facilities, palliative care centre and community health facilities in the heart of the community.

Our masterplan work considers a macro to micro view: at Leeds University Teaching Hospital, we created a new corporate identity strategy - evaluating wayfinding, consistency of facilities and corporate image - to create a consistent approach across three disparate sites. Similarly, at Burton Hospital - a small project exploring information provision in the main entrance area – ‘grew’ into the development of a broader vision for entrance into the hospital, increased commercial revenue potential and reinforcedthe aspiration to improve the building-user experience across the site.

Masterplanning provides a unique opportunity to see an NHS estate through fresh eyes: a chance to create modern, uplifting, legible and cohesive environments that improve space utilisation, facilitate new models of clinical care, operational efficiency and overall, improve the quality of patient experience. Blending health sector knowledge with insight from other sectors, we are proud to provide holistic solutions that successfully turn our clients’ vision, into reality.

#NHS70 #peopleinspired.


Chris Thornton

Chris Thornton

Chris joined ADP in 1991. Leading our healthcare team, Chris is instrumental
in developing our work in the
health sector. Chris draws upon
his wide experience of
managing projects and clients,
to become a regular speaker
at healthcare conferences.