Designing stairways, lifts and corridors in healthcare buildings (HBN 00-04)

How to design circulation and communication spaces, like corridors and stairs, in hospitals and other healthcare buildings.


Health Building Note 00-04: Circulation and Communication Spaces

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This building note provides guidance on the design of circulation and communication spaces in hospitals and other healthcare buildings, including corridors, internal lobbies, stairs and lifts. It also provides information on designing and fitting doors and handrails.

Circulation spaces provide access within hospital departments. Communication spaces allow access between departments and may include main hospital corridors (otherwise known as ‘streets’).

This document replaces Volume 4 of Health Building Note 40 – ‘Common activity spaces’.

Published 18 June 2007
Last updated 16 April 2013 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes relating to building regulations.

  2. First published.