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“Health depends on a state of equilibrium among the various factors that govern the operation of the body and the mind; this equilibrium in turn is reached only where man lives in harmony with his external environment.”


The architectural competition to design the new Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital was launched in September 1995. Promoted by the Homoeopathic Hospital and West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust, the competition was supported by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, by Project Scotland and by the City of Glasgow in anticipation of its role as European City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

As a result the architects who applied were responding to the new vision of care put laid out in the brief by Dr David Reilly, Director of the new Homoeopathic Hospital Project and his colleagues. This stated: “Glasgow’s new Homoeopathic Hospital will serve as a focus of care which will draw upon modern and traditional approaches to create good medicine.” It went on: “This new hospital will signal its healing purpose to viewers from the outside. It will also create an harmonious interior environment that will help in the process of healing.”

A distinguished panel of judges was set up that included Jimmy Cosgrove Deputy Director of the Glasgow School of Art, Michael Hayes, Director of Planning and Development, City of Glasgow Council. Jane Herbert, CEO West Glasgow Hospitals University NHS Trust, David Mackay MBM Architects, Dr David Reilly and Christine Wolter, Treasurer of the Friends of Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital. They decided that the entry submitted by Macmon Architects had most creatively fulfilled the brief. They proposed a building design of elegance and seeming simplicity that would not only satisfy the hospital’s meticulous operating requirements but also included best practice strategies for energy use and sustainable design.

The architects from Macmon also expressed great willingness and enthusiasm to engage with patients, carers, staff and Trust managers.

“We aim to help people self-heal – if possible from their disease, but always from their suffering. We wish to create a space, a place, an atmosphere, an approach and an experience that helps this healing happen.”

Dr David Reilly, Introduction to the Architectural Competition for GHH, 1995



Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Part of Gartnavel General Hospital site, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XQ. Hospital switchboard: +44 (0) 141 211 1600