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‘The entrance area is a calm space designed to avoid causing confusion... and the rest of the hospital radiates out from there’


these elements in the healing process. From day one, the architects have been working closely


with the trust’s members engagement group, comprising service users, ex-service users, carers, local councillors and local residents. “We have a very good relationship with them and give


presentations and explain what we are doing and they have had a big input to the design, which has been very important and provided us with a lot of understanding,” says Wendy Short, AFL’s Senior Interior Designer. “It is important that the hospital doesn’t have an


overbearing presence for patients and visitors. We needed to maximise daylight, which is crucial in healthcare and utilised


glazed curtain walling to maximise views out. The bright bedrooms offer a view of the nature trail or other pleasant areas through very large, slide-opening windows. Partly meshed-glass and partly clear glass they’re designed to allow fresh air in while remaining fully secure.” The entrance area is a calm space designed to avoid causing


confusion for those arriving and the rest of the hospital radiates out from there. “We don’t want new arrivals to be faced with lots of people


on seats, creating the discomforting feeling of being watched. So, the waiting area is separated out,” says Short. “Arriving at the reception, the large entrance to the pleasant public cafe area, overlooking the courtyard, is immediately apparent. “When patients are off-ward they’ll move in the public


areas such as the cafe. There is also a child visiting room and multi-faith room,” adds Short. “On the wards, visitors will generally see patients in the dining area of their wards.” The adults building has seclusion rooms in each ward in


case of emergencies, and there are destimulation rooms for agitated patients and therapy areas – essentially quiet spaces Continued overleaf...


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