Daniel Van Luttmer

Divisional Director

Daniel’s approach to healthcare architecture is to prioritise patient care above all else.

As head of the sector, he is an expert in delivering buildings that provide specialist medical treatment. He leads our healthcare strategy and is responsible for developing new business, composing bids and the overall design of healthcare projects.

Daniel, what is architecture?

Because of my role I no longer produce architectural drawings per se, but I do influence our architecture by sharing my sector experience and raising the quality of our designs. So I see architecture more as a way of impacting people’s lives and working widely across the healthcare sector, we are able to reach a broad spectrum of the population.

Healthcare provides a positive contribution to society and the built environment, and we design the best environments to help the healing process.

What are the key challenges facing healthcare?

Funding is a key issue. There isn’t much capital investment in healthcare, and hasn’t been for over 10 years. It just gets tighter and tighter, although there are some current government initiatives that inject targeted capital into projects. So a lot of the work we do involves extensions and refurbishments. We are very experienced at that type of work and we’ve managed to develop a very stable clientele.

What is your favourite project that you’ve worked on to date?

Hampshire Critical Treatment Hospital was a major win for us as a practice. As the largest ProCure 21+ project ever let, it is also one of the largest single building structures Stride Treglown has ever designed. Despite the project not proceeding to site, the process of designing such a specialist building was instrumental in expanding our experience, expertise and ultimately our reputation.

What is your proudest moment?

The moment is now. When I re-joined the company in 2012, healthcare was a relatively small sector. Since then, my team and I have managed to build ourselves up to one of the largest sectors within the business. Stride Treglown has been recognised as a major national healthcare practice, and in 2017 we were named healthcare Architectural Practice of the Year.

Tell us an interesting fact that nobody knows about you.

Some of you may remember Smurfs being given as a reward by petrol stations in the 1970’s. Gradual additions have expanded into a collection of around 200 Smurfs – which are not allowed on display!

Industry Bodies:
  • RIBA
  • ARB
  • Architects for Health
Awards:
  • Architectural Practice of the Year Award – Healthcare Estates