KIMS wins Best Acute Hospital Development at Building Better Healthcare Awards 2014

The prize for the Building Better Healthcare Award Best Acute Hospital Development was presented to David Morley Architects for the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery (KIMS) on the 5th of November in front of more than 500 healthcare professionals at The Brewery in central London.   


The £95m hospital development opened in April and will transform acute and specialist healthcare services in the county.


The independent, patient-focused, clinician-led facility is the first and only tertiary care centre in the area and boasts one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK. It will provide high-quality complex procedures and acute care in areas such as cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology services.


Designed to create an environment for learning, knowledge sharing, clinical education and best practice, the 15,000sq m building has 74 inpatient beds, including seven chemotherapy rooms, plus 20 day care beds, seven intensive therapy unit beds and high dependency facilities.


KIMS mirrors the quality and design flair of a boutique hotel, promoting health and wellbeing through the use of natural materials, maximum daylight and attractive landscaping.


Therapy gardens, green roofs and innovative green walls encourage biodiversity and enhance patient views. Natural light has been maximised and views to the surrounding rich landscape are encouraged. The scheme is on target to achieve a ‘very good’ BREEAM sustainability rating.


Choosing the project as their winner, the judges praised the ‘simple and rational layout’. They said: “The facility has developed into a design whose clarity and humanity should be of benefit to both patients and staff.


“The approach from parking is sheltered and pleasant and the clear main entrance is welcoming. Internally, the layout is clear and the environment is bright and positive. The use of colour is restrained, but effective.”