Architect Pitch to design GP surgery of the future

Wednesday 17th October, 2018 | 4.30pm-6pm

Hammersmith Rd,
London W14 8UX,

NHS Property Services is inviting architects to design the GP practice of the future.

Seven architects will pitch their ideas at MIPIM UK to a panel including Simon Taylor, Head of Portfolio Optimisation and Julie Whetton, Head of Property Management. Other panel members will be announced shortly.

Like previous pitches, architects have just three minutes to give a synopsis of their practice and convince the panel they understand the issues currently facing GP practices.

After the pitch the panel will give their feedback.

The pitch will be followed by a networking drinks when the winner will be announced.

Brief – Future GP Practice

NHS Property Services is a property owner, service provider and advisor helping to transform the NHS by reinvesting in its estate to enable excellent patient care. It is responsible for about 10% of the NHS estate, totalling more than 34 million sq ft, which makes us a sizeable property company in the UK.

Individual General Practices form a significant part of NHS Property Services’ estate. Rapid changes in medical technology, as well as reforms following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, are having important implications on how GP practices should look and perform in the future.

Key are the following factors:

  • The increasing internet-connectivity of patients and advances in artificial intelligence technology mean it is much easier to speak to your doctor without a visit to a surgery. This may lead to a reduction in space for consultations.
  • The growing tendency for GPs to opt for non-medical referral or social prescribing, typically provided by community or charitable organisations. The role of the GP surgery therefore may evolve in its provision of healthcare for the local community, and instead offer its space for activities as diverse as creative arts, cookery and sports classes.
  • The need to take the strain off overwhelmed A&E units with non-urgent care moving to GP surgeries.

Many GP practices need urgent upgrading, with 4 out of 10 GPs considering their practice not fit for purpose.

Architects’ Brief

The design would need to demonstrate:

  • That it could be applied to a number of surgeries in different settings
  • An understanding of the issues currently facing GP practices
  • The need for social prescribing space
  • Accommodation of non-traditional GP services, including Pharmacy, Citizens Advice, Age UK etc.
  • Accommodation of services more often be found in hospitals, including minor surgery units, diagnostics and rehabilitation.
  • How other public or private services could be accommodated in practices

The competition will launch the NHS Property Services’ thought leadership campaign exploring the impact of technology on the NHS estate. The winning practice will be invited to discuss its concept with NHSPS and take part in a wider series of events, media outreach and further thought leadership opportunities.

To apply for the pitch, please fill in the form below by September 23rd.

All seven architects chosen to pitch will receive a complimentary ticket for MIPIM UK worth £499.


Simon Taylor, Head of Portfolio Optimisation
Simon recently joined NHS Property Services to establish and lead the Portfolio Optimisation function within their Asset Management department. During the last three years, Simon has been working with the Department of Health and Social Care with the strategic estate planning programmes as well as supporting Sir Robert Naylor in undertaking his review, and more recently to lead the combined DH sponsored Strategic Estate Planning team.

Julie Whetton, Head of Property Management
Julie is Head of Property Management at NHS Property Services and is responsible for a national team of property professionals who manage health and office space across a 3 million sqm property portfolio. Prior to this, Julie headed the Strategic Estates Planning team working with NHS organisations on future planning of the estate.

David Lewis
David is an architect and a partner in NBBJ. He has more than 20 years of experience designing for healthcare, sports, higher education and corporate clients. David is especially interested in how planning and design can enhance a city’s health and wellbeing. He is the design lead for the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which will benefit and support the city’s regeneration, demonstrating how design can impact both a city and its population’s health.