Beyond scoring: facilitating enhanced evaluation of the design quality of NHS healthcare buildings
conference contributionposted on 16.04.2012, 13:25 by Derek Thomson, Dennis J. O'Keeffe, Andrew Dainty
The evaluation of design quality using prescribed instruments, as now mandated by the UK National Health Service (NHS), provides a research opportunity to acquire understanding of the social interaction of the project stakeholder groups when they are engaged in design evaluation activities. This paper argues that there is a pressing need for such a study, as without it, such evaluations may be unnecessarily limited. This paper argues for a fresh and pluralistic approach to be applied to the evaluation of the design quality of NHS healthcare facilities which complements the methods currently used which are enshrined within prescribed instruments. The new approach uses an interpretative research paradigm to understand the social interactions of the project stakeholders whilst they use the prescribed instruments. The decision to adopt such a pluralistic approach is discussed. The users of this work may include those who seek to improve the design quality of NHS healthcare buildings.
- Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering