This project was to design the interior of a new hospital wing for an NHS Trust, to include the Accident and Emergency Department and the Day Surgery Unit. The brief given to us was to make the designs modern and fresh and to bring the feel of the ‘outside/in’ throughout the scheme. The budget was challenging and some of the design elements had to be taken out of the final design but where we could we added touches to the environment to make the space user friendly. Many innovations from America were brought into the scheme such as dedicated glass cubicles.
We were also asked to design the Main Reception Area and Subwait areas, where they requested that we redesign the Main Reception to be in keeping with the Outpatients Department which was adjacent. The use of the aluminium surfaces on the columns and reception desk ‘tied’ the two areas together and the use of the wood effect flooring gave the illusion of space.
Wall graphics were used throughout the hospital as an inexpensive way to project a pleasing environment, we manipulated the images to suit our designs and to add a ‘quirkiness’ Areas that we designed included reception and sub wait areas such as paediatric and minors as well as staff rest areas, cubicles and relatives rooms.