Sengkang Hospital Campus Highly Commended at European Healthcare Design Awards

Published on 12 July 2021

The European Healthcare Design (EHD) Awards, which was held online on the 17th of June in light of ongoing restrictions, saw Sengkang Hospital Campus (SKH Campus) recognised with the Highly Commended accolade in the Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm) category. The awards programme recognises professional excellence in areas like interior design and designing for adaptation and transformation in the design of healthcare environments both in Europe and around the world.

SKH Campus was designed to harmonise the various components of the integrated regional hospital project into a seamless, unified and fully comprehensive medical campus.

Situated in the North-east township of Sengkang, Singapore, SKH Campus is a result of progressive nation-wide policies to decentralise Singapore’s public healthcare infrastructure, bringing medical care closer to the home of Singaporeans.

The design decision to lift the entire hospital block above the ground created a ‘void deck’ on the ground floor plane; respecting the architectural language found in the surrounding public housing residential estates.

The development comprises three major public healthcare facilities; specialist Outpatient Clinics, a general hospital, Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) and a community hospital, Sengkang Community Hospital (SKCH) within an integrated campus of 288,000 sqm. The enormity of the campus is broken down into intimate, human-scale spaces and places through a series of design strategies, allowing a degree of visual and physical porosity from the urban context into the campus.

The project is predominantly healthcare, with a 1000-bed general hospital, 400-bed community hospital, and includes offices and educational components related to healthcare.

“This 1,000-bed hospital blurs the boundaries to the neighbourhoods with gardens and diminished perimeter scale,” remarked the jury. “It invited the community into its pedestrian “void deck”, a Singaporean invention to activate multiple community amenities at the street level.”

Judges for this category comprised Kate Copeland from Australian Health Design Council, Australia, David Powell from the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK and Bill Hercules, from WJH Health, USA.

Nature is well integrated into the design of the hospital in the form of green roof and gardens to promote better patient health and wellbeing.

Held in conjunction with the European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress & Exhibition live webinar presentations and judging of all the shortlisted categories were held before the awards ceremony, giving greater insight into the judging process and providing valuable learning opportunities for those who were interested.

The 'Wellness Garden' on the fifth-storey roof introduces a green oasis in the midst of the urban environment. The landscaped garden presents a friendly and therapeutic setting for patients visitors and staff.

Organised by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the European Healthcare Design Awards is followed by architects, healthcare leaders, academic researchers, and innovative solutions providers from all over the globe, and sets out to contribute towards the development of knowledge and standards in the design of healthcare environments around the world.