World Architecture News Healthcare Sector Awards

The WAN Healthcare Award is a major international competition. If you have designed a healthcare facility, whether a hospital, medical centre, doctor’s surgery or nursing home that has been completed during the last three years, you can now enter for the WAN Awards 2009.


The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting.



1. How your design addressed the key elements of the brief.

2. Specific examples of how your building has enhanced or improved conditions in the healthcare sector for patients, staff and the wider community.


The WAN awards are gaining interest from local, national and international media around the world and last year’s House of the Year Award became the talking point of the global architectural community, a fact proved by the visitors to the WAN website which served over 3.6 million page impressions in one month alone.


In addition, selected projects will be entered into the Featured Projects section, a weekly focus on healthcare buildings that will run during the awards to generate even more exposure for participants. Each week their editorial team will choose one project to feature in News Review. Please be aware that if your project is chosen for this feature, this does not automatically enter you through to the long list of 25 buildings, as this is a separate judging process.


A long list of 25 entries will initially be selected after the closing date, and further details of the project such as plans, sections, elevations and more technical information will then be requested from these entrants. From the 25, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen. The winning entry will receive a £1,000 cash prize and an award plaque. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as “commended.” All entries will be published on World Architecture news (WAN) and the winner and shortlisted entries will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 127,000 property developers, architects, consultants, industry professionals and organizations in 210 countries.


The closing date for the WAN Healthcare Award will be April 30, 2009. The entrance fee is £350, but an early registration price of £295 is available for entries made before April 3, 2009.


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