The ‘transformation’ was designed by Medical Architecture for The Trust, and the works delivered by Robertson Construction North East. The work forms part of the Newcastle Hospitals Internal Improvement Programme, which is a result of the Trust’s Estates Strategy, developed in partnership with Medical Architecture. In addition to the continuation of clinical ward refurbishments, this phase of work includes upgrades to a set of prominent lift lobbies and circulation spaces.
Medical Architecture said: “Working to a consistent design standard, particular attention is given to design for patients with dementia and frailty, as well as technical standards and guidance compliance, working within the constraints of the existing structure. The aesthetic is light and bright, with good quality and well-coordinated ceilings, lighting fixtures, and finishes. Working with the Trust’s Dementia team, an artistic approach to wayfinding was developed to aid those with cognitive impairment, with different rooms and spaces identified by their own unique local landmark. Biophilic design principles were incorporated in the upgraded circulation and lobby spaces to improve the environmental qualities of these high-traffic spaces.
“Attention to detail was crucial, as space was often limited. This included making sure that furniture was well-planned and considered, to provide optimal facilities for clinicians. Generously-sized equipment bays were also provided to ensure that circulation spaces are left clutter free and accessible.”
Alex Ferguson, Architect at Medical Architecture, said: “These strategic upgrades will make a big difference to the experience of patients, staff, and visitors, demonstrating that relatively modest but well-planned interventions can create high-quality spaces that deliver excellent value to the Trust.”
Russell Jones, Deputy director Strategy, Planning & Capital Development at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “A great deal of engagement, care, and attention to detail was accomplished in developing these design standards and branding for the Trust’s clinical upgrades. It is fantastic to see the results where environments are transformed for the betterment of clinical care, patient experience, and staff wellbeing.”
Project managers were the NuTH Capital Team / Turner & Townsend, M&E engineers were Wilson Gray Consulting / JH Partners, and the signage specialist was One Sign and Digital.