Active Projects

Effects of the built environment on health

Every day, thousands of people experience the pressure of a hospital environment. Inappropriate surroundings can aggravate anxiety, depression, stress and emotional exhaustion, among other effects. In order to create environments that support and enhance the healing process, we need to understand how the physical characteristics of healthcare environments affect health.

Project Facts

Start date: May 2005
End date: October 2009
Investigators Professor Mike Kagioglou
Staff Employed Ricardo Codinhoto; Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda; Steven Ruddock (left in May 2009)
Status Complete

Project Partners

  • Department of Health
  • Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust – 3Ts (Trauma, Tertiary & Teaching) Hospital

Project Partners

HaCIRIC
School of the Built Environment
The University of Salford
4th Floor
Maxwell Building
Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT, UK T: +44 (0)161 295 3507 E: r.codinhoto(at)salford(dot)ac(dot)uk

This project looks at which characteristics, features and aspects of the built environment affect health outcomes. It also investigates how designers can use information linking the built environment and health outcomes to develop better healthcare facilities. The research found considerable evidence linking healthcare environments to patients’ health outcomes; however, the causes of these correlations remain unclear. This project developed a framework mapping existing research that links the characteristics of the built environment to health outcomes.



The work with HaCIRIC helps ensure that we continuously review our benefits planning and drive the intended benefits into full realisation.

Professor Duane Passman
Director of 3Ts, Estates and Facilities, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust