Planning & Placemaking Awards countdown: the best health schemes

In the run-up to this week's Planning & Placemaking Awards, we highlight the shortlisted entries in the Placemaking Awards best health scheme category

Govanhill Baths
Govanhill Baths

Fortune Place (submitted by Places for People)

The Fortune Place development in Edinburgh provides 54 affordable two-bedroom flats for older people, each fitted with wi-fi, an outside patio or balcony and with easy access to community spaces and activities. The open-plan accommodation includes colour signposting, contrast and other visual clues to facilitate continued independent living for residents who may develop dementia or visual impairments.

Gateshead Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (Gateshead Council)

The Hot Food Takeaway SPD aims to help tackle obesity in the Gateshead area, where a higher-than average concentration of fast food and other hot food takeaways can be found. Drawing on social and medical research to support its approach, the SPD stipulates that planning permission will be denied, for example, in areas of high-level obesity, in locations where children and young people congregate and where there is existing over-proliferation of take-away outlets.

Govanhill Baths (The Prince's Regeneration Trust)

Work is due to start next year on the first phase of a scheme to restore a century-old community baths in the culturally-diverse, densely populated Govanhill neighbourhood of Glasgow. Once seen as a vital social resource, providing clothes washing and individual baths as well as a suite of pools, the site was closed in 2001 and fell into disrepair, though it partially re-opened as an arts centre in 2012. The plan now is to refurbish roofs, remove asbestos from disused parts of the building, re-open the ladies and learner pools, create a Turkish baths suite and redevelop the laundry ('Steamie') into a community venue.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners)

Opened in June 2015, the hospital employs specialist doctors to provide 24/7 emergency care. The design, which was led by clinicians, includes circular wards to ensure nurses in central desks have clear lines of sight to patients in the ward. Planners chose the location to maximise accessibility for an anticipated 60,000 patients per year from the Northumberland and North Tyneside areas.

The Planning and Placemaking Awards, London, 23 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?

This year the Planning and Placemaking Awards will be presented at a joint ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on 23 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and placemaking work across the UK.

Details of how to obtain tickets can be found here.

Details of the full Placemaking Awards shortlist can be found here.

Details of the full Planning Awards shortlist can be found here. 

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