Healing and recovery is supported with more children able to access services in a compassionate environment closer to their homes and families.
The therapeutic nature of the scheme was designed-in from the outset. The architect undertook creative workshops with staff and some of the young people to develop building names, colour schemes and narrative, giving them a sense of ownership and involvement. The selected ‘Hopewood’ concept unifies ideas and thoughts from these discussions, presenting a focus on natural landscapes and creating feelings of hope.
The interior provides a comforting palette of cool and calming tones, which offers an uplifting, therapeutic feel to a safe and accessible space. A coherent and co-ordinated approach with signage, artwork, and furniture colours ensured a holistic and considered finish.
WSP designed and included large column free areas, which ensured plenty of open space was provided to provide a relaxation zone for the children and young people.
Patient engagement highlighted the importance of ensuring the facility didn’t feel too clinical and institutionalised. Healing and recovery was embedded into the building fabric, with young people being encouraged to incorporate positive messages on the building materials.
Inpatient wards have single en-suite bedrooms, offering calm, personal space, privacy and dignity, with access to communal areas, day spaces, private gardens and additional green space within the campus.