Space Syntax has developed world-leading methods for analysing the spatial layout of hospital environments, observing patterns of space use and designing solutions that optimise space use, wayfinding and interaction.

Our approach works by measuring the properties of spatial layouts that users perceive: lines of sight along streets and corridors, visual fields from reception areas and nurse stations and degrees of openness and privacy.

Client objectives

Return on investment.
Business effectiveness.
Speed of design & planning process.
User wayfinding, comfort & convenience.
Staff communication & productivity.
Safety & security.
Staff satisfaction & retention.
Patient and visitor satisfaction.
Organisational character & identity.
Development & dissemination of knowledge/culture.
Community engagement.
Patient recovery & cost of care.
Patient privacy & dignity.
Infection control.


Pre-planning & design
Portfolio evaluation: buy/sell/keep/develop.
Growth/downsizing strategy.
Site evaluation & selection.
Building evaluation & selection.
Competitor analysis & precedent studies.
Existing user behaviour analysis.
Working culture definition.

Planning & design
Critical review of development proposals.
Masterplan/campus design.
Overall building layout design.
Department/ward layout design.
Furniture layout design.
User behaviour forecasting.
User group profiling.
Character & identity creation.
Retail & catering strategy.
Wayfinding & signage strategy.
Planning support.

Post-planning & design
User flow enhancement (signage & wayfinding).
Performance benchmarking.
Staff interaction enhancement (layout redesign).
Growth & downsizing..


Stage 1  Building Baseline Study

Data collection
User flow volume/density
Staff/visitor/patient interaction
User attitudes interviews/questionnaires
Visitor route choice engagement
User interaction & communication.

Performance modelling
Location accessibility analysis (public & private transport)
Building layout efficiency
Vertical movement efficiency
Departmental structure & location
Movement network capacity
Entrance/exit capacity.

Stage 2  Design Strategy

Forecast simulation
User flow volume & density
User interaction & communication intensity
Safety & security effectiveness.