David Morley Architects Highly Commended in Design & Health International Awards

David Morley Architects, in association with Hall Black Douglas, has been Highly Commended at the Design & Health International Academy Awards 2009 in the Mental Health Design category for The Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital, Northern Ireland. Judged by Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS, it was awarded for the effective reconciliation between issues of security and perceived ‘openess’, evidence of safe landscaping and sustainable features.

The Bluestone Unit was also awarded the Building Better Healthcare Award for ‘Best Mental Health Unit’. Judged by leading experts in the field of architecture, design and build, and chaired by the special advisor for health at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the awards are well respected and considered the benchmark in industry best practice.

The Bluestone Unit is a mixed sex facility that allows the ratio of men to women to flex in response to demand. The unit is set in parkland and brings patients into direct contact with nature at all stages of their therapy. Artists were engaged to contribute carefully crafted and integrated works as part of the design process.