EuHPN 2012 Workshop Copenhagen

The Future for Strategic Planning of Healthcare Infrastructure

22-24 October

Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen


This year the annual EuHPN Workshop returned to the theme of strategic planning of healthcare infrastructure.

As public finances tighten, many European states are looking to devolve responsibility for decisions about, and operation of, healthcare infrastructure. In some cases governments have opted for a market-driven solution, with private companies or public-private partnerships invited to redesign services and to re-assess the provision, capacity and location of hospitals and primary/community care buildings. But this trend is not universal – some countries and regions have chosen to retain public control over some or all of the strategic planning functions linked to the health estate and service development.

The 2012 workshop examined the spectrum of strategic planning models in place across Europe, through critical synthesis of European trends, thematic analysis and case study presentations.  The workshop programme and the speaker presentations are available here.

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Stokmarknes Acute Hospital, Norway

The path of hospital development is not always smooth and straightforward.  As the planning environment changes, so projects have to adapt to new requirements and priorities.  Architect Svein Erik Tøien of BOARCH arkitekter as has kindly shared with us his presentation on the development of the new acute Stokmarkness hospital in Norway, which illustrates a complex, 10-year trajectory of changes in direction - from plans to refurbish existing facilities, through a number of reviews, to completion of a new build acute hospital.  You can download the pdf, first presented at the IFHE 2012 World Congress 2012, here.


Welcome to the EuHPN and ECHAA web portal

The European Health Property Network (EuHPN) and the European Centre for Healthcare Assets and Architecture (ECHAA)  now have a common web portal, designed so that you can access content from both our websites. We hope this will give you an opportunity to explore a broad range of cross-linked information about healthcare infrastructure, as well as further information about ECHAA and EuHPN. Click on either of the organisation names to navigate to site-specific information, including reports, articles and news features.