£250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize Shortlist published

Aug 31, 2021

The five finalists of this year’s Wolfson Economics Prize on how to “radically improve” hospitals for patients and staff are announced today.

 Since the deadline for primary Submissions in June, the Judging Panel have marked entries from more than 250 organisations representing 15 countries across the world, including submissions from NHS trusts, architectural practices, clinicians and patients, seeking planning and design ideas that could improve the NHS hospitals of the future.

 Rt Hon Professor Lord Kakkar, Chair of the Wolfson Economics Prize 2021 Judging Panel, said:

“The entries to this year’s Wolfson Economics Prize have been remarkably impressive. They represent examples of brilliant thinking, the world over, about how better to serve patients and support staff in hospitals. Out of an exceptionally strong field, the shortlisted entries demonstrate particularly ingenious approaches. With a renewed focus on hospital building in the UK, these finalists have a really exciting opportunity to shape how NHS hospitals look, feel and function.”

Representing a diverse and innovative array of responses to the Prize question, submissions from this year’s Finalists range from a plan to “bring the hospital back into the town” to better serve the local community, a proposal to transform the emergency department with first-class airline-style pods, an innovative multi-sensory hospital inspired by the adaptive qualities of living systems, a hospital masterplan inspired by starfish and a proposal with a seven-point plan to create the ‘complete hospital’, so that they are transformed from “factories for fixing” to “places for healing”.

The Judging Panel have also recognised three ‘Highly Commended’ entries and have made two ‘Light Bulb’ awards, recognising particularly innovative elements contained within a submission.

The five finalists will have until the end of October 2021 to expand and refine their submissions, before the winner of the £250,000 Prize is announced in November 2021.

Read more about this year’s Finalists and Award Winners on the Wolfson Economics Prize 2021 homepage.

The announcement has been covered widely in the national press, including the Daily Telegraph, the Times, and I News. The Prize Founder, Lord Wolfson has also been interviewed alongside Judges and Finalists for this year’s Prize on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Times Radio, LBC and Bloomberg Radio.

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