The Healthcare Design Awards were first staged as a national competition during the mid-nineties and were originally the brainchild of former editor of This Caring Business, Michael Monk and architect Nick Borrett.

The early Awards were sponsored by a single bank, a practice that Pinders believed restricted the involvement of others within the sector. When Pinders took up the sponsorship and organisation of the Awards in 1999, their unique position as independent valuers in the market enabled them to bring all factions of the healthcare sector together for the very first time.

Pinders have been organising the Healthcare Design Awards ever since, and under their supervision the presentation ceremony has grown to become one of the 'must-go' diary dates in the healthcare calendar.

In addition to Pinders, we now have major healthcare lenders and brokers sponsoring individual awards, and all take an active role in visiting and judging many of the entries. The panel of judges include experienced healthcare valuers, architects, developers, lenders and care operators. The entries are judged initially on the entry forms and supporting documentation, with the shortlisted homes in each category being visited to decide on the winners

The Awards aim to promote and recognise the very best developments in all types of care-related property, whilst the Award categories seek to acknowledge the contribution made by home owners, designers and architects to the well being and quality of life for those in their care.

As well as encompassing all aspects of care provision, including developments for the elderly and infirm as well as specialist homes for those with disabilities, care establishments of all sizes, types and locations are given the opportunity of taking part.

Whilst architectural standards and innovation are key factors, the overriding test for any project has to be the degree to which it has recognised the needs and desires of the residents and incorporated these into the final design.

The Awards also recognise the important contribution made by the owners of all types of care home - irrespective of size or category of care. The judges look to reward quality of care, achieved through quality of design, rather than design alone.