Functional Space Planning
In health and social services, operations should be planned before the facilities. Concept and functional design in the early stages of space planning is extremely important as this is when the most important policies and decisions in terms of operations are made.
The key stages of functional space planning are concept and functional design. Concept design seeks to answer questions concerning what the facilities will be used for, what the principles of service production are and what the role of the individual in the service network is. Functional design examines the space in more detail by e.g. asking how a particular activity will be organized, what the organizational structure is like and what kind of facilities support this specific activity.
Functional space planning is vital when health and social services facilities are constructed, renovated or expanded. It also provides substantial benefits when transferring operations to new facilities and in other service development projects.