Laura Wiltshire says:
“I am so proud of all the work we’ve put into the design of this new environment to ensure we provide the best possible experience we can for our service users.
“It’s spacious, bright and calming, with outdoor space too. We are committed to quality at SHSC and this is a great example of how, by working together, we can make real improvements for the lives of people in our communities.”
The second part of the project was a new ward for the Longley Centre, to enhance patient care and wellbeing.
• Spacious suites
• En-suite bathrooms in each room
• One fully accessible room
• Dedicated triage and observation rooms
• A kitchen for the staff team
Throughout, there is improved lighting and decor, including a homely carpet to dampen noise, and sensory lighting options which include changeable colours and circadian rhythm lighting, alongside customisable heating for each individual suite. A private internal courtyard provides a safe and nurturing environment for patients and staff alike, and artwork from local landscape artist Jill Ray aims to ‘bring the outside in’. All areas are built to be safe, long-lasting and fit for purpose.
The design was informed by the users of this space to create an adaptable environment that can be adjusted to suit the building users’ needs and any future expansion.
The scheme included the installation and upgrade of a heating and ventilation system to serve the building, with a new mechanical plant to complete the works, ensuring the long-term future of the department at the hospital site.
Throughout the project, we worked alongside the Trust’s staff, capital team and therapeutic environments team to ensure the project’s design and delivery created the best environment for patients and staff, utilising the extensive experience of both SHSC’s work with patients and I&G’s specialism in working in technical and complicated clinical environments.