Managers need to “think beyond the inside of the building” when planning the design and location of services, according to the government’s adviser on architecture and design.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has this week published a report - Future Health: sustainable places for health and well-being - intended to encourage designs for buildings that are both green and promote the health of patients.

When the immediate environment is unattractive, it is difficult to make physical activity and contact with nature part of everyday life

The report identifies the creation of “healthy networks” by locating health facilities alongside other public amenities, such as shopping centres, and making sure local services can be reached on foot by the bulk of the communities they serve.

It calls for more green spaces, as “when the immediate environment is unattractive, it is difficult to make physical activity and contact with nature part of everyday life”.

CABE special adviser on health Susan Francis told HSJ those responsible for the location of services needed to “think beyond the inside of the building, and look outside”.

She highlighted the Alder Hey Children’s health park planned for 2014. Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust is working with the Forestry Commission on the project for a new hospital set in parkland and play areas.

HSJ’s conference Rebuilding the NHS is in London on 10-11 March. For details visit www.hsj-buildings.com