Doing More With Less

How can we do more with less?


The European Health Property Network, together with Architects for Health, are delighted to invite their members to a one day conference on 20 May 2013 at the Royal College of Physicians, London, from 11.00 to 18.00, titled How can we do more with less?

The topic

We are likely to have a flat-lining economy for most of Europe for the next 5-10 years and capital investment will be difficult to realise.  Where new build is essential, projects will be scoped very tightly and productivity and efficiency gains will be at the top of the agenda.  Refurbishment and reuse will be increasingly favoured.  At the same time, quality and safety remain a challenge, and the built environment has to play its role in ensuring that these priorities are met.

What can help to keep healthcare safe and high quality, with less money and importantly, less political will to spend freely - even where budgets might allow?


The programme

The programme will begin by setting out key issues for healthcare and design in a European context, with case studies of projects or approaches to new ways of planning and designing for healthcare, followed by an expert panel to consider ways forward.

Booking is essential as places are limited, and for this event we can only accepted bookings from EuHPN or Architects for Health members.  EuHPN members should contact only the Executive Director, Jonathan Erskine, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrange a place.  Architects for Health members should use the contact details on the AfH website.

Book now for your place at the conference on 20 May 2013, 11am- 6pm.

There is a dinner afterwards for limited numbers, from 19.30 - 22.00. This will be self financing and we are taking bookings for this as well.

EuHPN 2012 Workshop Copenhagen

The Future for Strategic Planning of Healthcare Infrastructure

22-24 October

Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen


This year the annual EuHPN Workshop returned to the theme of strategic planning of healthcare infrastructure.

As public finances tighten, many European states are looking to devolve responsibility for decisions about, and operation of, healthcare infrastructure. In some cases governments have opted for a market-driven solution, with private companies or public-private partnerships invited to redesign services and to re-assess the provision, capacity and location of hospitals and primary/community care buildings. But this trend is not universal – some countries and regions have chosen to retain public control over some or all of the strategic planning functions linked to the health estate and service development.

The 2012 workshop examined the spectrum of strategic planning models in place across Europe, through critical synthesis of European trends, thematic analysis and case study presentations.  The workshop programme and the speaker presentations are available here.

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Stokmarknes Acute Hospital, Norway

The path of hospital development is not always smooth and straightforward.  As the planning environment changes, so projects have to adapt to new requirements and priorities.  Architect Svein Erik Tøien of BOARCH arkitekter as has kindly shared with us his presentation on the development of the new acute Stokmarkness hospital in Norway, which illustrates a complex, 10-year trajectory of changes in direction - from plans to refurbish existing facilities, through a number of reviews, to completion of a new build acute hospital.  You can download the pdf, first presented at the IFHE 2012 World Congress 2012, here.