London Summit brings Chinese healthcare industry together with British design experts

The UK-China Green Hospital Design Summit took place in London on 28th May 2015. It successfully brought together twenty influential Chinese hospital leaders with dozens of UK healthcare specialists in sustainable, hospital design and development.

The event recognised the huge long term potential for sustainable hospital development in China, and the day-long summit gave delegates a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities, resulting in UK experts being invited to look at projects in Shanghai and Zhejiang Province. Eleven speakers, each experts in their field, addressed the delegates and opened the discussions.

Mr. Zhang Jianzhong, President of Shanghai Health Capital Construction Administration Centre was delighted with the high level of knowledge and engagement. Speaking after the event he said that the Chinese delegates "learnt a lot of green hospital best practice from this Summit" 

British experts were equally enthusiastic. Tim Cuell from engineer WSP Group said the conference would affect WSP’s approach to the health sector in China. 'China and UK are at different development stages with different demands, and the conference definitely helped us rethink how UK experience can help China'.

Annie Chen from Arup said that the event helped Arup "explore a truly sustainable solution in addressing the challenges ahead". She praised the conference for providing "a fantastic platform for healthcare experts to meet, share best practice and exchange innovative ideas".

The comments from speakers and delegates were echoed by Dr. Ying Ying Tian, Director of China Design Centre "There was a lively exchange between our Chinese delegation of hospital leaders and UK hospital design experts. We are excited to hear that everyone found the Summit so helpful in achieving mutual understanding and collaboration between the two countries. This is what China Design Centre is aiming for".

Dr. Tian's comments were endorsed by Tim Cuell who said "China Design Centre did an excellent job to coordinate the communication between two languages, two systems, and two cultures in one room".

The initiative by the Chinese Hospital Association was organised by China Design Centre, UKTI, The Building Centre and MIC. The event took place at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London.