August 2021

The Growth of Hunters Healthcare

The healthcare team, led by Director Tim Ashton, have been designing over 40 projects for eleven different trusts and hospitals during the pandemic, many as part of the emergency Covid response. The projects range from strategic masterplans to town centre health clinics within both the private and public sectors.

It is part of Hunters strategy to deliver affordable and deliverable design in the sector, and the team mixes healthcare expertise and fresh ideas working in partnership with the clients on each project. One of the big changes to the design process is the impact of patient relationship technology which evolved very quickly during the pandemic, and will continue to improve, creating a new direction for many hospitals especially within the outpatient environment. This direct impact of Covid has meant clients have reconsidered their portfolios and connectivity, internally and externally, and we are developing strategies not only to deliver solid foundations for the future but also crisis flexibility and resilience.

Director, Tim Ashton commented:

‘Currently there is real variety in the work we’re undertaking; Covid resilience projects have been prioritised and we have delivered challenging schemes on very tight deadlines with a view to creating safer environments for staff and patients to work and be treated in. We are seeing the lessons learned from these fast-paced projects filter into all our refurbishment and new build projects across primary and acute environments while they are also driving reviews at the strategic level.’

Clients in the UK include: NHS Solent, Wycombe Hospital, St Georges University Hospital, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust, Camden and Islington NHS foundation Trust and The London Clinic. Many projects were procured through the NHS Shared Services (NHS SBS) process.