We are committed to research-based design practice which is informed by the latest and most authoritative insights into environmental performance. We are establishing cooperative frameworks for research with universities to derive a model of practice analogous to “clinical” practices in medicine.

The use of research and evidence-based design principles in the design of the new Royal Children’s Hospital has brought the complex into the forefront of world’s best practice in the design of acute Children’s health facilities. Bates Smart Research has been created as a vehicle for enquiry into carefully selected research questions which will inform our design projects going forward.