TORONTO – Bridgepoint Active Healthcare has received a Civic Trust Award at a ceremony at The Globe Theatre in London, England.
The longest-running built environment awards program in Europe recognizes projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, sustainability and universal design and that make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community. Bridgepoint was the only award winner from Canada and one of three from North America among a global roster of 58 projects.
This is the second Civic Trust Award in as many years for Diamond Schmitt Architects. In 2015, Daniels Spectrum was recognized for its performance, rehearsal, learning and social enterprise space for community-based arts and cultural groups in Regent Park, Toronto.
“It is an honour to again be recognized with a Civic Trust Award,” said Greg Colucci, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects. “The design objective for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare was to create a facility that empowers patients, inspires healthcare professionals and embraces community and landscape.”
Bridgepoint takes full advantage of its setting in the Don Valley next to parkland in downtown Toronto. Panoramic views in every patient room and outdoor terraces provide visual engagement with the surroundings. The intent is to blur the traditional distinction of institutional space and public access and to provide an inspirational setting to assist patients in their recovery. All spaces support Bridgepoint’s goal to teach, coach and inspire complex care patients to “live well” and be active participants in shaping their own treatment and health outcomes.
Also part of the Bridgepoint campus is the restoration and adaptive reuse of the decommissioned Don Jail (1860). Beautifully restored and connected to the new building, the Don Jail is now the administrative office for the hospital and includes interpretative signage and displays alongside preserved cells and a soaring rotunda. In this role of providing education and public assembly space for the first time, Bridgepoint is seen to continue the long tradition of rehabilitation associated with this site.
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare was designed by: Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects, Planning, Design and Compliance Architect and HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects, Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architect.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading full-service architectural firm based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.